I recently received a Mac and connected to my employer's network. When I connected, my Mac (not browser, it was in the connection dialog) asked me to do something with a new certificate. I accidentally clicked yes before I got past the title, and am worried I installed a root cert that allows my employer to see my encrypted traffic. Is there any way to check for any installed certificates not put there by Apple?

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Chances are you installed the certificate that was required by your employers network. For example at my work place we have 802.1x authentication on our Wifi, basically users log in with their normal username and passwords instead of a pre-shared Wifi key. When they log in they must accept a certificate from our servers.

This doesn't necessarily mean that your employer can see your encrypted traffic, however it is very possible. It depends what kind of infrastructure your employer has, i.e. do they have a system that does SSL inspection? You won't know unless someone in IT tells you.

You can view the installed certificates through Keychain Access (Finder --> Utilities --> Keychain Access). For my 802.1x Wifi there is a certificate in the 'Certificates' section at the very bottom of the left column (not the My Certificates).

Never-the-less you will be able to see all installed Certificated here.

  • I clicked on Certificates but there are a lot of them there. Is it possible to filter out the default ones?
    – Jon
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 23:08
  • @Frankie you can select the different keychains in the upper part of the left column to see where the keychains are installed. The default ones are in "System Roots", those in the other keychains were locally installed. Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 23:16
  • @GordonDavisson I found the certificate but I can't remove it. How do I enable the delete button? I have unlocked Keychain by clicking the lock and putting in my password.
    – Jon
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 23:24
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    @Frankie If it's in System Roots, it's not one you added; those are provided by Apple as part of the default set and cannot be removed (at least in El Capitan). Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 23:47

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