Quick Tip: ‘Bad Idea’ Trick in Google Chrome

Hello again, everyone! It seems that ever since I did the five blog posts in October for the #blogtober challenge, I practically ran out of content ideas for the month of November! However, I did think of something earlier today that I could share with you all. I wanted to take a minute to share one of my favorite tricks in the Google Chrome web browser. Now, you might be wondering, why the words “bad idea” and “Google Chrome” are in the same sentence. Well, let me explain…

When I built my VMware home lab, I just left the default, self-signed certificates that come with ESXi hosts and vCenter alone. Unfortunately, this means I usually see the certificates warning pages quite often. In Google Chrome, however, there’s a pretty neat trick to bypass this certificate page without having to use your mouse. Rather than click Advanced and then Proceed to (webpage), you can use a keyboard shortcut (actually, it’s more like a short phrase)!

When the certificate warning page is displayed, simply type the words badidea thisisunsafe on your keyboard, and it will bypass warning page! No mouse clicks required! Now, I’m a bit of a keyboard shortcut guy myself, so if there’s a way I can save a few mouse clicks, I usually just do that.

** Update ** Apparently ‘badidea’ has been replaced with ‘thisisunsafe’ sometime around March 2018.

To show you an example of what I’m talking about, I put together a quick video to demonstrate how this works. See below:

Bad Idea Trick in Google Chrome from Doug DeFrank on Vimeo.

As always, thank you for stopping by!


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