"This is probably not the site you are looking for!"

Google Chrome may show this warning if phishing and malware protection is enabled. It indicates that the URL listed in the website's certificate doesn't match the actual URL of the site.

Background information

When you connect to a website that uses SSL to transmit data, the server which hosts that website presents Google Chrome and other browsers with a certificate to verify its identity. This certificate contains information such as the address of the website, which is confirmed by a recognized third party organization. By checking that the address in the certificate matches the address of the website, it's possible to verify that you're communicating with the website named on the certificate, and not someone pretending to be that website.

Possible reasons why you're seeing the alert

  • Your server communications are being intercepted by someone who is presenting a certificate for a different website. This would cause a mismatch.
  • The server may be set up to return the same certificate for multiple related websites, including the one you're attempting to visit, even though that certificate isn't valid for all of those websites. For example, the certificate may tell us that the web address should be http://www.cucumbers.com, but we can't verify that this is the same website as http://cucumbers.com.

If you're absolutely sure that the site you're visiting is secure, you can choose to continue to the site by clicking Proceed anyway. In general, it's best to take precaution and click Back to safety, which returns you to the last page you visited.

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