4 Ways To Open Non-Secure Websites In Google Chrome

Open Non-Secure Websites In Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser. The reason behind Chrome’s popularity is its speed, performance & security. 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. But still, there are many sites on the internet using the non-secure HTTP protocol. Opening these sites in Chrome will throw a warning like “Your connection is not private,” “Your connection to this site is not secure.” If you anyhow want to open a non-secure website in Chrome then stick with this article. Here, I’ll be sharing four ways to open non-secure websites in Google Chrome.

Open a 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, there are several sites that are still using the non-secure version. Whenever you visit such sites, Google will automatically warn you with a message. This could be troublesome when you try to visit an HTTP site to get the information you are looking for.

If you’re unable to open non-HTTP sites due to Google error, do not worry, we’ve got your back. Try the ways given below to open non-secure websites in Google Chrome.

1. Open In Incognito Mode (Computer Only)

The very first fix you can try is opening that page in the Incognito window. 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: Click on three dots in the top right corner to open the menu. Here, you’ll see the option to open a new Incognito window.

Step 2: Click on it and a new window will appear with the message “You’ve gone incognito.”

Open Non-Secure Websites in Google 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 and one to see if it solves the issue.

To turn off extensions:

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

Step 2: Go to More Tools and select Extensions.

Open Non-Secure Websites in Google Chrome

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

2. Check Date & Time

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

Open non-HTTPS Websites in Google Chrome
Check Date & Time

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 date and time and try to open the same website. 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.

3. Proceed To Unsafe

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

Fix Your Connection is Not Private Error Chrome
“Your Connection is not private” Error

You will get two options “Back to safety” or “Advanced”. The first option is for someone who does not want to visit that site. But in our case, we have to open that site anyway so we will go with the Advanced option. The next option will be to Proceed to <URL of the page> (unsafe). Simply click on it and you will be able to visit the website.

Fix Your Connection is Not Private Error Chrome
Proceed to unsafe

4. Turn Off The “Not Secure” Warnings

The above option works easily but it’ll be very annoying to go to advanced each time and then click Proceed to. It’s just okay if you are going to such sites once in a while. In case if you want to open non-secure sites multiple times a day, then 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.

Visit Not Secure Websites in Google 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.

Insecure origins treated as secure

Step 5: Now, restart your browser.

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.

(Solved) 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 final conclusion. Although Google is trying is its best to make the Internet with HTTPS but there still are several sites sticking 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 completely can help you get rid of the problem.

These fixes are tried and tested and work for most of the users. However, if you still need help feel free to comment down below. We will be more than happy to help you. Stay tuned for more such articles.

Also, read- Google Chrome History: 12 Years of Evolution


Ratnesh Kumar

Tech Blogger & YouTuber, Cricket Lover.