Often time when we browse websites we suddenly encounter the notice that we are heading towards an unsafe website. These notices are basically the built-in firewalls in browsers. It helps from being attacked or leading to a phishing site. One such notice that we receive from the Google Chrome browser is ‘Page trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources’.
This happens 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. Here the browser is trying to protect your information from fallings to any fraudulent hands and loading unauthenticated sources scripts.
The shield blocks insecure scripts, ads, or trackers which are unsafe. Basically SSL certified websites are very safe as they create an encrypted connection between the user and the web page host. But sometimes, these encrypted sites may get compromised and the hacker might have injected an unsafe script.
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 appears because Chrome cannot recognize some of the elements of the page as trusted and authentic. It is quite common for a website that hasn’t upgraded to a secured connection protocol and there is nothing to worry about as user.
Let’s take an example for a better understanding.
Suppose you visit a web page which is https:// protected and the page contains links that 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 that Google cannot verify as the authenticity of the source.
There can be cases when your browser extension is blocking the web content and have page loading issue as well that would lead to unsecured connection. But, these instances are very few almost negligible.
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 padlock and then click on Certificates.
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 safe and avoid entering any transactional details.
- You can visit web blogs, small business websites, or any other sites which don’t ask for any card credentials.
- Avoid giving the bank or personal information on the site which has blocked scripts or shields.
Is It OK to Load Unsafe Scripts in Chrome?
If you trust the content and wish to load unsafe scripts in chrome then you can. However, I’d refrain from accessing any website that deals with money or collects personal information.
Hit on Load unsafe script and Chrome will refresh the page and allow blocked elements that include any insecure content. But Chrome will continue displaying the address bar crossed out in red: indicating an insecure connection.
You can also follow the steps mentioned about how to improve privacy and security in the chrome browser.
Fix the Unauthenticated Sources on Your Site?
If you are an owner or developer of the site and wish to fix the error then below are a few of the solutions.
- Upgrade the connection to https:// protocol. You can use free SSL certificate for upgradation.
- Embed all the links and media assets with https:// and avoid unsecured protocol, this will also help in improving the SEO ranking.
- You can trace the error source in Google Chrome from Google Toolbar option > View > Developer > Console, and check for any error code causing issue.
- Fix any issues immediately to keep your site safe and hacker free.
- Strictly avoid hosting low-quality third-party ads or scripts. Also, do not use any nulled scripts or templates available online.
- Frequently scan your server with anti-malware, there are multiple sites online that can scan a site and provide reports.
- Keep your site up-to-date and
Is your website or blog SSL secured?
I use Let’s Encrypt service on BrowserHow.com that provides valid SSL certificates for free. And it works like a charm and also automatically renewed every 90 days of the expiry period.
Feel free to share your challenges and resolutions for an unsecured error message in the below comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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