Friday, March 10, 2006

Technical Request

I've finally covered enough material about modular arithmetic, prime numbers, factoring products of large primes, the Euclidean Algorithm, Fermat's Little Theorem, and a special case of Euler's Theorem, to start talking about RSA in my crypto class. One thing that I want my students to appreciate is that RSA and other public key algorithms are really used all the time. I want them to view the certificate from a secure web page. Something like this:


Specifically, I want them to view the details, especially the public key.


I know how to do this with Safari: I would click the lock icon at the upper right of my browser.


I'm guessing that few of my students use Safari. Can you give me directions that they can follow for IE or Firefox?