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.
- In Chrome, open a page.
- To check a site’s security, to the left of the web address, look at the security status:
- Info or Not secure
- Not secure or Dangerous
- To see the site’s details and permissions, select the icon. 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.
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.
On some sites, you can visit a more secure version of the page:
- Select the address bar.
- 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.
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 device. Learn how to troubleshoot “Your connection is not private” errors.
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.
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