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Check Chrome's connection to a site

You can check details about a website, your connection to it, and your site permissions preferences. Chrome will alert you if it can't establish a private connection with the site.

  1. Open a page in Chrome on your computer.
  2. To the left of the web address, click the icon you see: Lock Lock, Info Info, or Warning Warning.
  3. A panel will appear. At the top, you'll see a summary of how private Chrome thinks the connection is.

What each icon means

These icons let you know if a site has a security certificate, if Chrome trusts that certificate, and if Chrome has a private connection with a site.

Lock Lock

The site's certificate is valid, and Chrome has established an encrypted connection with the site. The information you send to the site will be private.

Even if you see the Lock icon, always be careful when sharing private information. It's important to look at the address bar to make sure you're on the site you want to visit.

Info Info

The site is not using a private connection. We suggest that you don't enter sensitive details, like passwords or credit cards.

On some sites, you can visit the private version of the page:

  1. Select the address bar.
  2. Delete http://, and enter https:// instead.
  3. If that doesn't work, contact the site owner to request that they secure the site and your data with HTTPS.

When you see the Info icon, there are two ways that the site can lack privacy:

  • The site didn't send an HTTPS certificate, so your connection isn't encrypted. Your visit to the page isn't private from your Internet service provider or someone on your network (like someone sharing your Wi-Fi connection). Someone on the network can see and change the content of the site, including private information you enter.
  • Parts of the site don't use HTTPS, so these parts aren't encrypted. Someone on the network can see and change these parts of the site.
Warning Warning

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

The site is not private because your connection to the site isn’t encrypted properly. Someone may be tampering with your connection to the site, or the site might use a weak security setup, like an outdated security certificate. Proceed with caution: your connection may be intercepted or tampered with.

If you see a full-page red warning screen, the site has been flagged as unsafe by Safe Browsing. It might be a dangerous or deceptive site that will put your private information at risk.

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.

"Your connection is not private"

If you see an HTTPS error message saying "Your connection is not private," your Internet connection or your computer is not letting Chrome open the page securely. Learn how to troubleshoot "Your connection is not private" errors.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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