Solved Padlocks and Security Certificates

June 23, 2017 at 10:45:40
Specs: several
Tablet computer running Android 4.4.2 and the Android Browser.

The browser's address box is displaying a padlock in front of the
address I'm at, which is "https://www.computing.net/askquestion/".
I thought that if I tapped the padlock, I would get info about the
security certificate used by this page, or some other info relating
to the putatively secure connection between the server and my
computer. But nothing happens. How can I find out about the
security certificate(s) used by computing.net? I mainly just want
to know which certificate authority is being used. There is a huge
list of certificate authorities stored in this tablet. I have disabled
most of them, yet I still get the padlock. I suppose that means I
managed to avoid disabling whichever certificates are required
for computing.net to connect securely. But maybe I just don't
understand how it all works.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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June 23, 2017 at 12:11:49
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Oh dear. So easy.

I tapped the three dot/line thingy in the upper-right corner of
the browser, and one of the menu choices is "Page info". And
of course "View certificate" is the one and only option there.
It shows that the certificate is from COMODO, which is one of
the few authorities I left enabled. Question answered.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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