February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020
If you ever see the “your connection is not private” error message on your screen, don’t panic. This issue is quite common for most Chrome users. Luckily, fixing the private connection error is a piece of cake. Let us cover why this error occurs and how to repair it, shall we?
This error message doesn’t have to be bad! It simply means that Google Chrome is preventing you from visiting an unreliable website. This error appears when your browser notices a problem while creating an SSL connection, or can’t verify the SSL certificate.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) has been developed to help keep data safe. SSL encryption prevents attackers from stealing users’ private data: name, address, or credit card number. If you do any transactions via your website, we recommend you make sure to set up SSL on your website.
When you visit a website, Google Chrome sends a request to the server asking for the site. If the requested website uses HTTPS, your browser will automatically scan whether there is an SSL certificate or not. Then, the certificate is checked to make sure it fits the privacy standard.
Google Chrome will immediately prevent you from entering the website if the SSL certificate isn’t valid. Instead of showing a plain blank page, Google Chrome will display the error message “your connection is not private” on your screen.
Besides the absence of an SSL certificate, there are several other reasons as to why your connection might not be private.
Although an SSL certificate is the main issue causing this error, it might be a client-side issue. The good news is, that it’s an easy fix. We’ve collected 8 simple ways to fix the “your connection is not private” error in Google Chrome.
Once you see the error message on your screen, the first and easiest thing you can do to fix your connection is reloading your page. This might seem silly but works most of the time. Chances are the SSL certificate is being reissued, or your browser fails to send the request to the server.
This may sound funny. Yet, using a public network like the wifi of a cafe or an airport is the most common reason why users get this error.
Public networks usually run on HTTP. Therefore, if you perform transactions through public wifi, the information you input will not be encrypted. It will be shown as text and everyone using the same wifi network can steal your personal data. Your browser will automatically show the private connection error to warn you.
From time to time, your browser cache and cookie section might get overloaded and might cause the error.
To clear browser cache from Google Chrome, you can follow the steps below
Your browser’s cache, cookies, and history may be important. Don’t worry, you don’t need to delete anything yet. First, you can check if the cache is causing the issue by trying incognito mode.
By using incognito mode, you use a browser without a cache, cookies, or browser history. To access incognito mode, you can click the three dots in the top right of the Google Chrome window. Choose New Incognito Window. Next, try to visit the website using incognito mode. If a similar problem appears, it might not be because of your website’s cache and cookies.
This one may seem a bit odd, but date and time matter. The Google Chrome “your connection is not private” error might appear because your date and time aren’t set properly. Browsers count on your computer’s date and time to check the SSL certificate’s validity.
Usually, the date and time are set in the future when your certificate is no longer valid. Or, it is set to the past when you haven’t set up the SSL certificate yet. Making sure the date and time are set correctly might fix the issue and let you connect to the website.
Some antivirus software and internet security programs scan for HTTPS. If this feature is on, it will block unusual SSL certificates or connections. To fix this SSL error, you need to turn off the “SSL scanning” feature.
In case you can’t find where the setting is, you can try to disable the antivirus and reopen the website. If the error message no longer appears, you might want to switch your antivirus software so you can fix your connection.
The error in Google Chrome can’t prevent you from visiting the website. You can still go to the website at your own risk. Proceed manually by clicking Advanced-> Proceed to domain.com link at the bottom of the error screen.
Manually proceeding with an unsafe connection fixes the problem temporarily. If you don’t want this warning error bothering you, ignore the SSL certificate error from Google Chrome.
Remember that this method will only put the warning in silent mode. The private connection error might still be there and prevent you from accessing unsafe websites.
To use this method, make sure to follow the steps below
The “your connection is not private” error message in your browser shouldn’t cause panic. Lucky for you, fixing it is easy. We’ve provided eight simple methods you can try after reading this tutorial. If anyone has other methods to fix the “your connection is not private” error, kindly share your experience in the comment section below. See you in the next article.