Chrome is probably the first choice of most of the people who browse the internet using a desktop. But, sometimes chrome gets us into a problem which can’t be fixed easily. Also, many websites aren’t coded well and this results in bad user experience. But most of the users don’t know that the problem can be related to the website, not to the Chrome browser. Similarly, Your Connection Is Not Private problem might be website’s error or your OS’s problem. Many users are getting a screen saying that connection isn’t private. There are many possible reasons behind this problem and we’ll be discussing on all those problems in this article. In most of the cases, this problem is related to the website or the System. Hence it’s easy to fix and we’ve shown all the best fixes for the problem “Your Connection Is Not Private”.
If you’ve encountered this problem for the first time then it might be a frustrating thing for you. Basically, Chrome has some of the inbuilt features e.g privacy features. These features push users towards the safe side and it’s amazing thin most of the times. But, sometimes these features make our way more tough towards the website we want to surf. You’re not alone who are suffering from this problem. Many users are suffering the same problem and we’ll explain every single thing about this problem.
- The website you’re browsing isn’t using a Valid SSL certificate or the certificate is expired. This is one of the common reason behind this error. Maybe website you’re surfing is using a self-signed SSL certificate which isn’t accepted by the Chrome.
- System date and time is outdated. Due to this your system’s date and time don’t match with the website’s date and time and “connection is not the private” error message is shown.
- Cached data of Chrome browser might be the reason behind this problem.
- Sometimes Antivirus is responsible for such errors inside the Chrome browser.
- You’re under MITM attack (serious thing, if on public WiFi network then disconnect from that network immediately)
These are some of the possible reasons in most of the cases. All these reasons can be fixed and it’s much easier to do the fix. There’s no useless software/tools you need to use to fix this problem.
As you’re getting this error messages while visiting any website. Chrome gives users an alternate using which users can open such websites at their own risk. So, if you know that the website you’re trying to visit is safe then you should follow the steps given below.
If you’re using a public WiFi network it’s hardly recommended that you should disconnect from that network. An attacker might be performing MITM attack using SSL strip methods and this means your that attacker can see what you’re browsing. But, if you’re sure that your WiFi network is secure and you’re using your own private WiFi. Then follow the steps given below to open such sites quickly.
- Visit that website where you’re getting “Your Connection Is Not Private Error”
- Click on Advanced Options.
- Choose Proceed option (unsafe).
- The website will load with wrong SSL certificate warning.
These are the steps you can take if in hurry and can’t wait to open that website. This will help you a lot in many scenarios. But, this doesn’t mean that your problem is solved. You still need to investigate the proper reason behind this problem to make sure that it won’t happen again in future.
First of all, go back to the error page where you’re getting “Your Connection Is Not Private” message. Now, the reason behind that message is written in small words e.g “NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID” in my case. This clearly means that this is because of the SSL certificate error on the website or you’re under MITM attack possibly. Below is the list of errors, find the error which is matching yours and we have a fix for that.
- ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS (Clear Chrome’s Cache)
- “ERR_SSL_FALLBACK_BEYOND_MINIMUM_VERSION” (Website SSL Error)
- “NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID” (Website SSL Error)
- “ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID” (Website SSL Error)
- “NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM” (Website SSL Error)
- “ERR_CERTIFICATE_TRANSPARENCY_REQUIRED” (Website SSL Error)
- “Connect To Network” (You’re Using Public WiFI Network)
- “NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID” (Invalid System Date and Time)
- “Delete Expired DigiCert Certificate” (Expired Certificate MACS Only)
These are some of the errors responsible for the problem. Most of these are related to website and only website owner can fix this. You can only browse to that unsafe website by following the steps shown above. But, some of the problems are because of your Chrome browser or related to system/software you’ve installed on your system. Below are the various methods you need to follow to fix the problem.
Most of the antivirus programs give you browsing protection. This means that they’re working to protect you from accessing malicious websites. Even they scan the website’s SSL certificate and if there’s any problem with the certificate, your way to that website is blocked or temporarily disabled and you’ll be warned. So, in your case, this might be the possible reason and you need to disable your Antivirus programme. We’ve already shown the process to disable avast antivirus and you might find it useful.
In most of the cases, system date and time isn’t accurate resulting in Your Connection Is Not Private error. This happens in computer devices mostly because most people don’t care the time displaying on the desktop PCs. So, make sure that your Date and Time are accurate. FInd the steps given below to change the date and time settings.
- In the taskbar, click on the Date and Time.
- A small sub-menu will appear showing the clock.
- Click on Change Date and Time settings.
- Inside the new dialogue window, choose Change D&T to adjust it.
- In order to update the Time Zone, you can select Change Time Zone.
To make sure that this problem isn’t because of the cached data, you should open the same website/URL in incognito mode. This will help you to know if the error is caused by the browser or website is suffering from any problem itself.
- To open incognito mode in Chrome press Ctrl+Shift+N or Menu>Open New Incognito Window.
- Type the same webpage URL on which you’re getting the error “Your Connection Is Not Private”.
- If you see the same error on Private Window then this means that website has some problem and you can only visit that website unsafely.
- Or if website loads successfully then you need to clear the Chrome’s cached data.
- Press Ctrl+H and a new Window will appear where all your browser history is available.
- On the left side of the screen, click Clear Browsing Data.
- Check the Cached data option and click Clear Data.
In rare cases, some tools which are installed in your system (Windows) are stopping Chrome from connecting to the websites securely. There are various reasons that why SuperFish like programs stops Chrome from accessing websites securely. You should remove such programs immediately.
- Download the SuperFish removal tool from here.
- Run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen guide.
- Once done, relaunch the Chrome and try visiting that website again.
Once you run the SuperFish removal tool and it finds any such program, it’ll remove that quickly. This is really very helpful for some people to fix the “your connection is not private problem in Chrome”.
If you’re a MAC user and getting this error, then you should delete some expired DigitalCertificates. THese expired certificates create a validation error between the site and Google Chrome web browser. Below are the steps you need to follow to do this:
- Click the search icon on the top right of the screen.
- Search for Keychain Access.
- Select the first option.
- Navigate to View>Show Expired Certificates and search for “DigiCert High“.
- If any certificate is marked with the red icon, click on it.
- Press Delete. (Consider deleting all the expired ones)
- Relaunch the Chrome browser.
These are all the most common problems and their solution. We’re sure that these methods will help you to figure out your problem and then fix it on your own. If you’re still getting Your Connection Is Not Private then comment down below to share your ideas and problems with us. We’ll reply you soon.These are all the most common problems and their solution. We’re sure that these methods will help you to figure out your problem and then fix it on your own. If you’re still getting Your Connection Is Not Private then comment down below to share your ideas and problems with us. We’ll reply you soon.