Check a website's connection

You can see details about a website's identity, your connection to it, and your visit history. Chrome will alert you if it can't establish a fully secure connection with the site.

Check a site's connection

  1. In the address bar, click the lock Lock or page Blank page icon icon.
  2. Click Connection.
  3. Depending on the site, you'll see two or three sections of information.
Website connection

1) Site identity

To verify their identity, sites that use SSL present security certificates to Chrome. Anyone can set up a website pretending to be another site, but only the real site has a valid security certificate for the URL you're trying to reach. Invalid certificates could mean that someone is trying to tamper with your connection to the site.

Icon What it means
green lock The site's certificate is valid and its identity has been verified by a trusted third-party authority.
orange alert The site has not provided the browser with a certificate. This is normal for regular HTTP sites (look for the Blank page icon icon in the address bar), because certificates are usually provided only if the site uses SSL.
red lock Google Chrome has detected problems with the site's certificate. You should proceed with caution because the site may be pretending to be another site in order to trick you into sharing personal or other sensitive information with them.

2) Connection

These icons let you know whether Chrome has established a secure connection with the site you're on.

Icon What it means
green lock Google Chrome has successfully established a secure connection with the site you're viewing.
orange alert Your connection to the site is not encrypted. This is normal for regular HTTP sites (look for theBlank page icon icon in the address bar).
gray alert Your connection to the site is encrypted, but Google Chrome has detected mixed content on the page. Be careful if you're entering information on this page. Mixed content can provide a loophole for someone to manipulate the page. This content could be third- party images or ads embedded on the page.
red lock Your connection to the site is encrypted, but Google Chrome has detected mixed scripting on the page. Be careful if you're entering personal information on this page. Mixed scripting can provide a loophole for someone to take over the page. This could be content third-party scripts or videos embedded on the page. If you're connected to the Internet via a public wireless network, mixed scripting is risky especially because wireless networks are easier to tamper with than wired networks.

3) Visit history

This icon appears if you've ever visited the site before. However, if you've cleared cache and cookies, the visited history is also cleared.

Icon What it means
blue alert You've visited the site before, so chances are you trust this site.
orange alert You've never visited this site before. This message is normal if you know this is true. However, if the site looks familiar and you did not clear your browsing history recently, it may be pretending to be another site. Please proceed with caution.

"Your connection is not private"

If you see an SSL error message in Chrome saying "Your connection is not private," it means your Internet connection, or your computer, is stopping Chrome from loading the page securely. Learn how to troubleshoot an SSL warning

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