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.
Information that 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 that you're on the site that you want to visit.
The site isn't using a private connection. Someone might be able to see or change the information that you send or receive through this site.
On some sites, you can visit a more secure version of the page:
- Select the address bar.
If that doesn't work, contact the site owner to ask that they secure the site and your data with HTTPS.
We suggest that you don't enter any 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 be likely to put your private information at risk.
Choose which sites can show insecure content on a computer
- Open Chrome .
- At the top right, click More Settings.
- Under 'Privacy and security', click Site settings Insecure content.
- Next to 'Not allowed', click Add and insert site URL.
- To change an added site's specific default settings: next to the URL, click More .
- Click either Allow, Edit or Remove.
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 safe on the web, Chrome requires websites to use certificates from trusted organisations.