Display Mixed Content

Mixed Content in Chrome

Google Chrome verifies that the website content you view is transmitted securely. If you visit a page in your Canvas course that is linked to insecure content, Chrome will display a shield icon in the browser address bar.

You can choose to override the security restriction and display the content anyway by clicking the shield icon and then clicking the “Load unsafe script” button.

Mixed Content in Firefox

By default, Mozilla Firefox prevents insecure content from running or displaying right away. This means it will only show secure content unless you change the default security settings.

If you are expecting to see media content on a page but only see a blank space, take the following steps to allow insecure items to run or be displayed.

  1. Click the shield icon in the far left of the address bar.
  2. Click the right-facing arrow to toggle the popup window.
  3. Click the “Disable protection for now” button.

Mixed Content in Internet Explorer

When logging in to Webcourses@UCF using Internet Explorer, you may see a pop-up window that reads:

“This page displays both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display nonsecure items?”

Internet Explorer (IE) has security settings that prevent websites that have files located on different servers from loading content. In Webcourses@UCF, we store many of the graphics used in our courses on a server other than the one on which Webcourses@UCF is hosted. In your online course it is okay to allow this nonsecure content, but we do not recommend this for other sites.

If you are working from a personal computer and do not want to  see this message every time you access Webcourses@UCF when using IE, then follow these steps:

Not Advised on Public Computers

Turning off this setting may put your computer at risk when accessing some websites. We do not recommend changing this setting on public or shared computers.


  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, click on Tools and select Internet Options.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. Click the Custom Level button.
  5. Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section.
  6. Under Display mixed content click Enable.
  7. Click OK.
  8. You will see a pop-up that asks “Are you sure that you want to change the security settings for this zone?” Click Yes.
  9. Click OK.