Is my connection safe to use?

Check if a site’s connection is secure

To see whether your connection to a website is safe to visit, you can check for security info about the site. Most browsers will alert you if you can’t visit the site safely or privately.

  • Open a page in your preferred browser.
  • To check a site’s security, to the left of the web address, look at the security status:
Image of secure, not secure or dangerous browser symbols
  • To see the site’s details and permissions, select the icon. You’ll see a summary of how private your browser 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 your browser trusts that certificate, and if it has a private connection with a site.

Websites showing this locked padlock image are secure and safe to visit

Information 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 you’re on the site you want to visit.

Image of Info or Not Secure symbols

The site isn’t using a private connection. Someone might be able to see or change the information you send or get through this site.

On some sites, you can visit a more secure version of the page:

  1. Select the address bar.
  2. Delete http:// and enter https:// instead.
Symbols indicatiing that website is dangerous

We suggest 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 likely put your private information at risk.

The above information has been obtained from Chrome, Firefox and Safari Browsers. It has been provided as a community service and guide to using these browsers.
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