Fix: ‘Only secure content is displayed’ on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic avatar. By: Milan Stanojevic
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Microsoft made some major changes related to Microsoft Edge and security on Windows 10. Security of users is Microsoft’s priority, but users keep complaining about “Only secure content is displayed” notification in Microsoft Edge.

What is “Only secure content is displayed” notification and how to remove it?

As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft made some changes related to online security with Internet Explorer 9, and these security changes are present in Windows 10 as well. Users reported “Only secure content is displayed” message, and this message usually appears when you are using a website that has both secure and nonsecure content on its page.

This doesn’t mean that the website itself is insecure, and in fact, this type notification appears mostly while trying to access financial websites, such as your bank’s website for example.

Websites usually display mixed content, which includes both secure and nonsecure content. For example, login form that you use to access you bank website is secure content because it users https protocol to communicate to a web server. On the other hand, elements such as images or banners use unsafe http protocol.

This message appears because some unsecure content or web page might get access to secure content. This is unlikely to happen on regular websites, but some malicious websites might use this to get access to your personal information, and this is why Microsoft decided to include this notification and display only secure content.

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Blocking unsecure content is the default behavior on Microsoft Edge and newer versions of Internet Explorer, and turning it off comes with a slight security risk.

Solution – Enable the display of mixed content

To enable mixed content in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type Internet Options. Select Internet Options from the list.
    internet-options
  2. When Internet Options window opens, navigate to Security tab and select Internet.
  3. Next, click on Custom level button.
    custom-level
  4. Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section and locate Display mixed content.
  5. You’ll be presented with three options. If you wish to always display mixed content, choose Enable. By choosing this option you won’t get “Only secure content is displayed” notification anymore.
    mixed-content-enabled
  6. Click OK button to save changes.
  7. Click Apply and OK in Internet Properties window to apply changes.

Microsoft is trying to protect its users from potential dangers, but sometimes that extra layer of protection might be a nuisance, and people tend to turn it off. Now when you know how secure and unsecure content works, you can allow mixed content to be displayed and remove the “Only secure content is displayed” notification.

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