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Google Chrome - Check if a site's connection is secure

To see whether a website is safe to visit, you can check for security info about the site. Chrome will alert you if you can’t visit the site safely or privately.

  1. Open a page in Chrome on your computer.
  2. To check a site's security, to the left of the web address, look at the security status:
    • Lock icon Secure
    • Info icon Info or Not secure
    • Dangerous icon Not secure or Dangerous
  3. To see the site's details and permissions, click the icon. At the top of the panel, you'll see a summary of how private Chrome thinks the connection is.

What each security symbol means

These symbols let you know how safe it is to visit and use a site. They tell you if a site has a security certificate, if Chrome trusts that certificate, and if Chrome has a private connection with a site. 

Secure Lock icon 

The information you send or get through the site is private.
Even if you see this icon, always be careful when sharing private information. Look at the address bar to make sure you're on the site you want to visit. 

Info or Not secure Info icon 

The site isn't using a private connection. Someone might be able to see or change the information you send or get through this site. 

You might see a "Login not secure" or "Payment no secure" message. We suggest that you don't enter sensitive details, like passwords or credit cards. 

On some sites, you can visit a more secure version of the page:
    1. Select the address bar. 
    2. Delete http:// and enter https:// instead. 
If that doesn't work, contact the site owner to ask that they secure the site and your data with HTTPS

Not secure or Dangerous Dangerous icon

We suggest you don't enter a private or personal information on this page. If possible, don't use the site. 

Not secure: Proceed with caution. Something is severely wrong with the privacy of this site's connection. Someone might be able to see the information you send or get through this site. 
You might see a "Login not secure" or "Payment not secure" message. 

Dangerous: Avoid this site. If you see a full-page red warning screen, the site has been flagged as unsafe by Safe Browsing. Using the site will likely put your private information at risk. 

Fix "Your connection is not private" error

If you see a full-page error message saying "Your connection is not private," then there's a problem with the site, the network, or your computer. 

What a security certificate is

When you go to a site that uses HTTPS (connection security), the website's server uses a certificate to prove the website's identity to browsers, like Chrome. Anyone can create a certificate claiming to be whatever website they want.

To help you stay on safe on the web, Chrome requires websites to use certificates from trusted organizations.

For more information, please visit the Google Support website.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:google chrome check if site connection is secure mac windows   Doc ID:72943
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-04-27 08:38 MDTUpdated:2017-11-28 14:15 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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