Google is on a roll. After removing user control over some plugins installed in the browser, the company moved information about security certificates of sites to a place where most users may never find it.
More and more sites on the Internet move to https. Doing so has advantages, but there is also a considerable amount of pressure by browser makers and search engines to get sites to migrate.
Google is on the forefront of all of this. It may come as a surprise therefore that the company made the decision to move certificate information from the address bar to the browser's Developer Tools.
Certificate details provide you with information on the certificate a site or server uses. It provides you with information on a certificate's validity, algorithms, and more.
Update: Google added a new flag to Chrome 60 to display certificate information directly.
Previously, all you had to do to display details about a certificate was to click on the padlock icon in the Chrome address bar, and select details from the menu that would open up.
If you do the same in the recent versions of Chrome, details is no longer there. There is also no indication if the feature was moved to another location, or if Google pulled it completely from Chrome instead.
If you have used the option for years to check certificates, you may be at a loss.
Google did not remove the option to view certificate details completely in Chrome, but it moved the option to a place that is less intuitive to use.
Here is what you need to do now to view a certificate in the Chrome web browser:
The certificate information is opened in a new browser window.
While you could say that the new method of displaying certificate information in Chrome is only one additional click or tap away, it is highly problematic for the following reasons:
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