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.
- Open a page in Chrome on your computer.
- 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, 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 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.
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 computer. 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.
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