Internet, everyone uses it for various reasons. But most of us are not aware that it could cause you more harm than benefit if not taken care of properly. If your connection is not private, hackers can hack into your connection, collect your information and exploit it or use it to steal from you.
Hackers collect all these information while you are surfing the internet through an unsecured connection. So, you must always use a secure connection. If you are visiting an https connection and it says your connection is not private, make sure you have entered the correct website address.
Sometimes you will also get to see the error message in Chrome that says Net:: ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID, which also means that your connection is not private in Chrome. And that either the connection or system is preventing Chrome to load the page securely and privately.
Why SSL Error Appears?
There are many reasons why you are seeing the connection, not the private message. It could be because of the unknown SSL, expired SSL or because the connection between the server and your system isn’t secured.
Sometimes you can also come across this message if the SSL is set up in a wrong way or isn’t issued by a trusted organization. Or, it could also be that the certificate doesn’t belong to the requested domain.
Solutions For Connection Not Private Error
You can’t ignore the message as it os a warning that your private and sensitive information is vulnerable here and can be stolen and misused. Here’s what you can do to fix this error.
Check Date And Time
Often wrong date and time setting in your system can cause this SSL error. And that’s why you get the error message saying the connection isn’t private. Setting the correct date and time in your system and choosing to auto-update option might do the trick for you.
Check Antivirus Settings
If the date and time setting is accurate and yet you get this error message, chances are you are having issues with your antivirus. At times, antivirus blocks the security certificate of the website you get this error message.
Go to the settings of your Antivirus program and then to the Active Connection option. Now choose to customize your web shield and there uncheck the box beside HTTPS scanning. In some antivirus, you will have to turn off SSL scan in the anti-phishing tab under the privacy control in settings.
Clean Chrome Browser
If you are coming across the error on Google Chrome and the above solutions don’t fix it, try cleaning up the browser. Clear the browsing data, caches, cookies, etc.
Go to the advanced settings in the setting, find the privacy option and click on clear browsing data option.
If this doesn’t work, reset the Chrome settings under the advanced settings option in Chrome menu. And don’t forget to clear up the cache and cookies as well.
Disable The Warning Message
If you think Chrome is making an error and the connection is secure and private, you can disable the message and bypass the error. To do this, type chrome://flags in the address bar and press enter. You will see an option for Chrome to remember the decisions of proceeding through the SSL errors for a specified length of time. From the drop-down menu select the time frame. Now when you launch the website even after the warning, you will not see the message again.
However, not all Chrome browser version supports this method anymore. So, if you can’t find this option, try other methods.
Use Chrome Shortcut
This method won’t fix the error, but it can make these messages disappear until you choose to see them again.
Right-click on the Chrome shortcut at the Desktop and select properties. Open the shortcut tab, add in the target -ignore-certificate-errors- and click on apply and then OK.
Sometimes extensions cause this issue. Try to open the same site in the incognito window. Press Ctrl, Shift, and N together. This will launch the incognito Chrome window. Now enter the address of the website you were trying to visit. If it opens, then probably some extension was causing the issue.
Now open the settings from the Chrome menu and click on extensions. Find the extension that could be causing the conflict with SSL certificate and disable it by unchecking the box next to enable option.
Fix The Issue For Android And iOS
You can follow the same procedure you did above. Check the date and time of the device, clear browsing data, caches, and cookies etc. Or simply ignore the error message and go ahead with the website.
It is not advisable to ignore the message. So, when you choose to move ahead with a connection that’s not private, you will be in the risk of someone hacking your sensitive information and using it against you for stealing or blackmailing purpose.