How to Verify an SSL Certificate
How to Find your SSL Certificate Information
If your SiteSSL is turned On, then you can verify that it's active, and view your certificate information in three easy steps:
1. Open a browser and go to your website.
2. Click on the padlock to the left of your URL. (If it's not there yet, don't worry. Wait a minute, refresh, and look again.)
- You'll notice when you hover over the padlock that a message pops up which states "View site information."
- When you click the padlock, you'll see this:
This tells you the connection is secure (SSL is working), and your Certificate is Valid.
3. Click on "Certificate," and this box will appear:
The black lines above are the two spots where you'll see your website's URL.
An SSL Certificate contains the following Information:
- The certificate holder's name
- The certificate issuer’s name
- The certificate's serial number, issue date, and expiration date
- A copy of the certificate holder's public key
- The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority
One thing you may notice is that the Expiration date is three months from the Issue date. Do not panic. It is typical of SSL Certificates for the valid dates to be between 90 days and 3 years. In any case, they are auto renewed, and kept valid, so you don't have to worry about it.
This is public information, so you may view this with any padlock!
For instance, if you click the padlock to the Wealthy Affiliate's URL, and hover over the word "Certificate," you will see that their Certificate is issued by Go Daddy.
I hope you enjoyed this training on SSL Certificates and how to view them!