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Google Chrome Security Features
When you surf the web using Google's Chrome browser. It may see this warning.
'This website has insecure content'. or variants such as 'This webpage is unsafe'
Chrome has identified some problems on the webpage and is warning you not to enter.
Recent research shows that 60% of users actually ignore these warnings.
This may account for why their computers get hacked and stuffed full of viruses.
Make sure your computer is protected. If Chrome displays this warning message.
- Turn on Chrome's Security. Short video walk-trough below.
How to turn on Chrome's Security
Webpages are made using several programming languages including.
- Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) which defines the structure of the webpage.
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) defines the way the webpage looks. Colors etc
Underneath these webpages are a set of instructions (protocols) that determine how the webpage is packaged, transported and displayed over the word wide web.
Of the many security protocols built into Chrome. One in particular looks at the Transport Layer Security (TLS) of a website.
This is the layer that can be vulnerable to Man in the Middle (MITM) attacks by hackers and viruses.
Another protocol looks at older security systems such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) which is still commonplace on the web.
Especially on older websites that haven't been updated and websites with poor maintenance.
Many websites have a mix of secure and insecure content.
Network managers can legitimately remotely control and repair computers on a network. The same kind of network tools can be used for illegitimate purposes too.
These warnings tell you that the browser is working properly, warning you of potential threats.
When you get this message, it is telling you that something on that website, is potentially dangerous. It could be an advert, gadget or program that has no security certificate, or a certificate that is invalid or out of date.
Legitimate cookies give you a better, more tailored experience. Your search patterns generate data. This data is analysed to offer you various things, that you may have expressed an interest in.
Working in a similar way. Unscrupulous people can use programs to target websites that you visit, to run a Java-script (or similar small computer program) that collects your sensitive data. You may have even downloaded something without realizing that it carried this kind of malware.
Phishing scams work in this way, collecting your private data and sometimes your keystrokes.
Make sure that the security feature “check for server certificate revocation.” is turned on.
What is TLS and SSL?
The Transport Layer Security (TLS) which has largely superseded the older, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) are encryption technologies, developed to protect data traveling between browsers and servers.
Think of them as keys and locks that are sent with the information. When you send something over the web.
These protocols turn the information into gibberish, that cannot be read until they reach their destination; where there are verified as legitimate. then decrypted into the original message. For example credit card details and other information passed between buyers and sellers.
When your browser opens a website, it performs an examination, where it tries to verify that the webpage holds an up to date security certificate. If it does okay if not a warning is displayed.
Once the webpage has been verified, that little green padlock will appear in the address bar. Transactions can take place, and users can feel confident that their information is secure.
Browsers that use TLS and or SSL will display URLs (website addresses) that start with HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) accompanied by a green padlock symbol.
There are many videos on YouTube on how to turn this warning feature off.
You have to ask yourself this question.
Why would someone want you to turn off Chrome's security?
Using Google Chrome
When Chrome finds something suspicious on a website, it warns you to be careful. It is designed to do this, for your safety. A website that appears safe on the surface may contain programs that can capture your private details.
Google web bots are constantly crawling websites. They search for over 200 different elements, including freshness of content, quality of information, and malware.
When you do a search, Google may advise you not to enter a site, because Google has already identified it, as a phishing site, containing malicious software that will capture your sensitive information.
Chrome may say, "Warning—visiting this web site may harm your computer!" If you click on the link, it will not access the website.
You can override this warning and manually enter the website’s address—at your own risk. You have been warned.
How to Increase Traffic to Your Website
Make your website safe. Some people think that messages about security are ignored by the everyday users. This may be true to a point, but how can you be sure.
Would you ignore this security warning, would you put your credit card details into such a website?
Most people would be out of there, pronto. So consider the effect this error message may have on the web traffic to your website.
Secondly when Chrome reports to Google’s search engine that your website is less than safe. It can be demoted in Google's index, and may even end up in the sandbox.(digital desert) where it will never be found, unless you know the exact web address.
This warning message has become your problem. Now you know how important that little green padlock is to your website.
Under the Hood
Chrome is written in Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5) and comes with an editor, the Java console.
It is very easy to use, and you do not need to know how to program a computer.
You can simply look at the HTML code and see where the problems are, as they will stand out as errors or be flagged as insecure. You can see which websites are linking to your website.
When using Chrome, take a look under the hood of just about any web page by launching the Java console. Just right-click on the screen and the source code will be revealed to you.
Chrome's Java Console Is Easy to Use
Fixing Your Website
After opening the Java Console, edit your web page by removing all hyperlinks, adverts, and gadgets that may be highlighted as errors.
Those adverts that we see so often, that blend in and become part of the background scenery—these may be the problem, so remove them too.
Although the adverts may be served to your website by Google, it doesn't automatically follow that they are safe. Many adverts and gadgets, even some supplied by Google, have not been certified, or have let their security certificates get out of date; even large companies may do that. So Chrome sees them as insecure.
Once all these suspect links, ads, and gadgets are gone, relaunch the web page. Once all that is left on your website is the text, photos, and videos that you know are safe, you should find, up in the top left hand corner of the browser, the little green SSL security padlock letting you know that that the website is secure.
Add elements back in and test.
Now load one advert capsule and then test for security. If it is okay, load another advert, if it is still okay then you are looking pretty good. Continue to add back adverts and hyperlinks. You have to test each element. If it passes as safe, then use it. If not, don't.
Green Padlock Website Secure
Security First,Second and Last
Far too many websites have poor security. These breaches or holes are detected by Chrome.
Some websites are set up specifically to trap those users silly enough to add them as links, but even legitimate and professional websites can be insecure.
Be careful. I hope this helps you to solve your web security problems.
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