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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 Secure
    • Info Info or Not secure
    • Warning 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 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.

Lock Secure

The information that you send to the site will be 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 you want to visit.

Info Info or Not secure

The site isn't using a private connection. Someone might be able to see the information that you send through this site. We suggest that you don't enter sensitive details, such as 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.

If that doesn't work, contact the site owner to ask that they secure the site and your data with HTTPS.

Warning Not secure or Dangerous

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 that you send through this site.

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.

Fix "Your connection is not private" error

If you see a full-page error message saying "Your connection is not private", your Internet connection or your computer isn't letting Chrome open the page securely. Find out 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 organisations.

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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