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5 Ways to Open Non-Secure Websites in Google Chrome

With Chrome 56, Google started warning users whenever they visit a non-secure HTTP site to encourage sites to transition to the secured HTTPS Version. Yet, there are many sites using the non-secure HTTP protocol. Opening these sites in Chrome will throw a warning like “Your connection is not private,” and “Your connection to this site is not secure.” If you want to open a non-secure website, stick with this article. Here are five ways to open non-secure websites in Google Chrome.

Open Non Secure Websites in Chrome

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How to Open Not Secure Website in Google Chrome

In the last four years, almost every site on the internet has made the transition to HTTPS. But still, several sites are still using the non-secure version. Google will automatically warn you with a message whenever you visit such sites. This could be troublesome when you visit an HTTP site to get the information you are looking for.

If you’re unable to open non-HTTP sites due to a Google error, do not worry, we’ve got your back. Try the methods given below to open non-secure websites in Google Chrome on your computer running Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, or macOS.

1. Turn Off The “Not Secure” Warnings

The above option works, but it can be very annoying to tap Advanced > Proceed every time. If you want to open non-secure sites multiple times a day, you can follow the third given below.

Step 1: Open Chrome on your computer.

Step 2: In the address bar, type chrome://flags and open it.

Enable Flag to Open Non Secure Sites Chrome

Step 3: Once the flags page opens, you’ll see different Chrome settings. In the search box, type “secure.”

Step 4: In the search results, look for “Insecure origins treated as secure.” If it’s disabled, enable it.

Enable Flag to Open Non Secure Sites Chrome

Step 5: Now, restart your browser.

Enable Flag to Open Non Secure Sites Chrome

Step 6: Once done, Google Chrome will treat insecure sites as secured sites, and you will not see any warning messages while visiting the non-HTTPS sites.

2. Open In Incognito Mode

If a webpage throws the site not secure error, the easiest fix is to try opening that page in incognito mode. You might already know how to open a new incognito window in Google Chrome. But in case you don’t, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Chrome and click the three dots in the top right corner.

Step 2: Once the menu opens, click the option called New Incognito Window.

Turn On Incognito in Chrome

Step 3: A new window will appear with the message “You’ve gone incognito.”

Turn On Incognito in Chrome

3. Turn Off Extensions in Chrome

If the non-secured page gets opened in the incognito window, chances are either a Chrome extension is creating the issue or there is some caching issue. Try turning off the extensions one by one to see if it solves the issue.

Here’s how you can turn off extensions in Chrome:

Step 1: Click on the three dots at the top right corner.

Step 2: Go to More Tools and select Extensions.

Disable Extensions in Chrome

Step 3: Here, disable the recently installed extensions one by one to see if the page loads normally.

Disable Extensions in Chrome

For fixing caching issues, the solution is to clear browsing data. You can clear browser data by going to history and tapping Clear Data.

4. Check the Date & Time

As mentioned earlier, most of the websites have already adopted HTTPS. If the website you visit shows the error “Your Connection is not private,” it doesn’t simply mean that website is not secure. Sometimes it can happen due to an incorrect date or time on your computer.

So the very first thing you should try doing is to check the date and time. If it’s incorrect, it could be a reason why you are seeing the “Your Connection is not private” error. Change the date and time and try to open the same website.

On macOS

Step 1: Click the Apple icon on the top left menu bar.

Step 2: Select System Settings (or System Preferences).

Step 3: Head to General > Date & Time.

Change Date Time to Fix Site Non Secure

Step 4: Here, enable the toggle for Set time and date automatically.

Change Date Time to Fix Site Non Secure

Step 5: Next, click Set against the Source.

Change Date Time to Fix Site Non Secure

Step 6: Click on Default and hit Done.

On Windows 

Step 1: Open the Start menu on your Windows computer.

Step 2: Search for and open Settings.

Step 3: Here, select Time & language from the sidebar on left. Click on Date & Time.

Step 4: Next, enable the toggle for Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically.

Step 5: To manually sync the time with the Windows time server, click on Sync now under Additional settings.

It should work for most users. If you’re still seeing the error despite the correct date and time, then our next fix is lined up for you.

5. Proceed To Open Non-Secure or Non-Private Sites

Usually, when you visit a non-secure website, you will get a message “Your Connection is not private.” You will also see a padlock with a cross sign along with this message.

Proceed to open non secure website

You will get two options “Back to safety” or “Advanced.” The first option is for someone who does not want to visit that site.

Proceed to open non secure website

In our case, we have to open that site anyway, and hence, we will go with the Advanced option. Next, you need to click on Proceed to (unsafe), and you will be able to open the website.

(Resolved) Site Not Secure Error in Chrome

After explaining the best ways to open non-secure websites in Google Chrome, it’s now time for a conclusion. Although Google is trying its best to make the Internet with HTTPS, several sites still stick to the HTTP version. You will be getting a warning if you try to open those sites.

However, simple fixes like opening in an incognito window, setting up the correct date and time, clicking proceed to unsafe, or turning the warning off can help you eliminate the problem. These fixes are tried and tested and work for most of the users. If you still need help, feel free to reach out. We will be more than happy to help you. Stay tuned for more such guides.