How to Get Chrome to Warn You When Websites Are Insecure

Ben Stegner 15-02-2016

Security is always a concern when browsing online. Even if you’re not performing sensitive work, it’s nice to know that nobody can snoop on what you’re doing. When you see HTTPS in your address bar What Is HTTPS & How To Enable Secure Connections Per Default Security concerns are spreading far and wide and have reached the forefront of most everybody's mind. Terms like antivirus or firewall are no longer strange vocabulary and are not only understood, but also used by... Read More , your connection to that site is secure.


Many Web sites have implemented HTTPS connections, but they can be broken due to poor setup. If you’d like to know when your connection to a site isn’t secure, a new experimental Chrome feature can enlighten you.

To enable this, type chrome://flags into a new tab and press Ctrl + F to open the search dialogue. Type “mark non-secure” into the bar and you should find the Mark non-secure origins as non-secure option. Change its drop-down box to the same name as the title and reset Chrome to see this take effect.

Now, any sites that use HTTP or have broken HTTPS connections will have a red X over the padlock icon in your address bar. This won’t improve your connections, though; you’ll have to use the HTTPS Everywhere extension Encrypt Your Web Browsing With HTTPS Everywhere [Firefox] HTTPS Everywhere is one of those extensions that only Firefox makes possible. Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, HTTPS Everywhere automatically redirects you to the encrypted version of websites. It works on Google, Wikipedia and... Read More to do that.

Though it costs websites to get an HTTPS certificate, in our privacy-minded world the norm should be moving towards encrypted connections to websites. You might be surprised to find out which of your favorite sites aren’t using HTTPS!

Need even more security? Check out the top security extensions for Chrome The Top 8+ Security & Privacy Extensions For The Chrome Browser Google’s Chrome Web Store hosts many extensions that can protect your security and privacy while using Chrome. Whether you want to block JavaScript, plug-ins, cookies and tracking scripts or force websites to encrypt your traffic,... Read More .


Are you interested to see what websites don’t use HTTPS? Let us know what you find in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    February 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I Am Sick And Tired When Browsers Completely Block Sites With HTTPS Issues.

    Warn Me That The Site Is Insecure, But, For Crying Out Loud, Let Me Be Responsible For My Own Freaking Browsing, And Give Me An Option To Carry On.

    If CHROME Clones Were Not So Pigheaded I Would Not Have To Use FF So Many Times.

    Control Much ?

    • Anonymous
      April 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      I'd be happy if Chrome was stable and reliable for a full, 24 hour period. After which I may consider adding more apps. Naaaa. Speaking of Control Freaks, try combining /Chrome w/NIS- together, neither program will function at full potential, it's like being stuck inside a pinball machine. Apart from that, Google sells every piece of personal and business information we are forced to provide when we sign up. Then there is Symantec...I'm positive after years of being abused, that somewhere buried deep within Symantec's mission statement is verbiage containing something akin to " because the world is made up of idiots who are technically- challenged, computer- illiterates all software developed and produced by Symantec must be 100% controlled by Symantec. The consumer must never have any control over the amount of security consumer needs or desires and by no means shall we provide useful tech support. Support options will be limited to Chat, forums or call centers manned by non-English speaking, excessively polite staff who do not know our products.

      • Anonymous
        April 13, 2016 at 5:49 am

        In Terms Of Staff, Who Do Not Know Their Own Products, I Have Only 1 Bad Experience, And It Was With LINKEDIN.

        I Complained In Their Forum, I Could Remove My Endorsements From Someone Else Profile, But I Could Not Remove Someone Else Endorsement From My Own Profile ? - Why ? - It Is My Own Freaking Profile.

        Even Before I Could Get A Polite ( Somewhat Religious ) Answer, I Made Some Research And I Figured How To Do It - I Hate Links Deeply Buried, But I Discovered How To Do It.

        The Guy Had No Clue - Their Solution For Me To Remove An Endorsement Was To Completely Remove My Own Skill - Seriously ?


        Regarding CHROME And Its Clones:

        A - I Have To Use FF To Access Sites With Some HTTPS Issues,

        B - CHROME Is Anal About Not Letting Extensions ( Outside Their Web Store ) Being Used, But, Fortunately, 3 Of Their Clones Are A Lot More Friendly.

        Regarding ( B ), OPERA15+ ( NORWEGIAN ), YANDEX ( RUSSIAN ) And BAIDU ( CHINESE ) Give Users More Freedom On Extension Use Policies.


  2. Tom
    February 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

    First site it flagged was Make Use Of.

    • Anonymous
      April 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      that's ridiculous.