With so many online threats to deal with, you can never be too careful when it comes to safety. When there’s something that you need to do on a site, it’s not a bad idea to check the site’s security certificate. After all, you will be entering information such as your email and password.
One thing to look out for when visiting a site is that the URL has the lock icon initially and that there’s also an S after HTTP. If you do see the S, that means that the site uses HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure and that it’s taken the necessary precautions to keep you info safe. With so many sites that try to imitate the real ones, you can never be too careful.
How to Access Certificate Viewer in Firefox
To see the certificate viewer in Firefox for a site, right-click anywhere on the site and click on View Page Info. When the new window appear, choose the Security tab.
In the security tab, you’ll see the View Certificate option. When you click on that option the information will open in a tab in Firefox. As long as you’re in the security tab, you’ll see that you can also clear cookies and site data. If you want to check if you’ve accidentally saved any passwords you mayhave forgotton about, you can view that too.
Firefox gives its users some tips to look out for to stay safe. For example, when it comes to the padlock every user should see on the site their visiting, Firefox warns that no sensitive information should be sent if you don’t see a grey padlock in the address bar. So, if you don’t see the padlock make sure not to send any personal or finanacial information.
If the site you’re visiting has a grey padlock but it has a yellow triangle, that means that the site is only partially encrypted. If you were to enter any sensitive information, you could easily expose that information to eavesdropping. You may also see the grey padlock with the triangle on website certificate warnings.
The grey padlock may also have a red strike over it. If it does, that means that the connection is not secure. That site is using an insecure protocol such as FTP or HTTP. It could also mean that your information is only partially encrypted as well. Either way, it’s best to now enter any of your information.
There may be a lot of sites that’ll try to steal your information, but by taking the necessary precautions you can stay safe. If you come across a site that gives you the impression that it’s not safe because you don’t see that it has a grey padlock or doesn’t have what every trustworthy site should have, it’s best to leave as soon as possible.