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Tech Tip: Checking a Website’s Security

Google and other browsers now point out when the website you are visiting isn’t using a secure connection to protect your information.

Q. I was browsing online and noticed a small letter “i” in a circle. What does that mean? I use the Chrome browser.

A. The web is full of sites that do not use the strongest security, and some browsers — including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox — now warn users when the page they are visiting may put their information at risk. In Chrome, that “i” symbol indicates a site may not be secure because it is using an unencrypted connection to exchange data with your computer. When you click the “i” on the left side of the Chrome address bar, you can see more information about the site, adjust some settings and possibly see a “Your connection to this site is not secure” warning.

Google Chrome displays icons to indicate if a website you’re visiting is secure (top), has more information and may need to update its security (middle) or is possibly dangerous to your privacy and data (bottom).Credit: The New York Times