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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 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.

Lock Secure
Info Info or Not secure
Warning Not secure or Dangerous

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.

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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