If a website is https:// or SSL protected and if you notice a shield with a red cross in the URL address bar of your chrome browser then the browser is trying to protect your information from fallings to any fraudulent hands and loading unauthenticated sources scripts.
The shield basically blocks insecure scripts, ads, or trackers which are unsafe. The SSL certified websites are very safe as they create an encrypted connection between the user and the web page.
Chrome protects users from the site that’s not secure to make sure your information on the page doesn’t fall into the wrong hands by blocking certain 3rd party scripts hosted on site.
Why does the Chrome Browser Shows Shield?
The Shield basically appears because Chrome cannot recognize some of the elements of the page as trusted. It is quite common and there is nothing to worry about.
Let’s take an example for better understanding.
Suppose you visit a web page which is https:// protected and the page contains links which aren’t SSL protected then the browser will have a view of “mixed content.”
The browser defines the links as untrusted thus showing the shield symbol.
This can occur due to the addition of any spammy links, images, or even links from trusted sources which Google cannot verify as an authentic source.
There can be a chance when your browser extension is blocking the web content and have page loading issue as well.
Is it Safe to Visit a Page having Shield Sign?
Relax! Nothing to Worry. Yes! of course, it is very much safe to visit such pages because they are SSL protected.
Suppose that site is not SSL certified then chrome would not have even identified any scripts. So, it is surely very safe to visit the site.
You can check whether the connection to the site is secure or not by clicking on the https:// or Secure icon and then clicking on Details.
It also depends on the site you are visiting.
Suppose if you are visiting a content web blog like mine then there is nothing to fear about.
But if you visit a page where it is asking for your bank or card details like any E-Commerce site then you need to be damn safe.
- You can visit web blogs, small business websites or any other sites which don’t ask for any credit card credentials.
- Avoid giving bank or personal information on the site which have blocked scripts or shield.
Is It OK to Load Unsafe Scripts in Chrome?
If you trust the content and wish to load unsafe scripts then you can. However, I’d refrain accessing any website that deals with money or collects personal information.
Hit on Load unsafe script and Chrome will refresh the page and load blocking content which includes any insecure content. But Chrome will continue displaying the address bar crossed out in red: indicating insecure content.
How to Fix the Unauthenticated Sources on Your Site?
If you are an owner of the site and wish to fix the error then below are few the solutions.
- Embed all the links and media assets with https:// and avoid unsecured protocol, this will also help in improving the SEO ranking.
- Strictly avoid hosting low-quality third-party ads or scripts. Also, do not use any nulled scripts available online.
- Frequently scan your server with anti-malware, there are multiple sites online that can scan a site and provide reports.
Is your website or blog SSL secured?
I personally use Let’s Encrypt service on restoreBin that provides valid SSL certificates for free. And it works like a charm and also automatically renewed after every 90 days of expiry period.
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