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Article ID: 2625928 - Last Review: January 7, 2013 - Revision: 4.1


When viewing a website in Internet Explorer 9 or later, you receive a message that says "Only secure content is displayed."


This message is telling you that there may be both secure and non-secure content on the page. Secure and non-secure content, or mixed content, means that a webpage is trying to display elements using both secure (HTTPS/SSL) and non-secure (HTTP) web server connections. This often happens with online stores or financial sites that display images, banners, or scripts that are coming from a server that is not secured. The risk of displaying mixed content is that a non-secure webpage or script might be able to access information from the secure content.


Important: Internet Explorer blocks non-secure content by default and is set to prompt you when this is happening. Changing this setting may make your computer vulnerable to viral, fraudulent or malicious attacks. Microsoft does not recommend that you attempt to change this setting.  Modify this setting at your own risk.

Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Note: Internet Explorer blocks non-secure content to keep your information safe and is set to Prompt by default. When this setting is set to Enable, Internet Explorer does not prompt you with the "Only secure content is displayed" message even if the webpage is using non-secure elements.

More information

To learn more about the risks of allowing mixed content, see the following Internet Explorer 9 blog post:
Protecting Consumers from Malicious Mixed Content (

Applies to
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
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