How to Fix “Your Connection Is Not Private” Error
When trying to access a website, you might come across an error that reads “Your connection is not private.” This error indicates the browser’s failure to authenticate a safe connection between your device and the website.
“Your connection is not private” can be caused by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) errors on the server-side or client-side issues. Whether you’re the website’s owner or the visitor, there are a number of troubleshooting methods to fix this privacy error.
First and foremost, don’t get scared when this error appears – it merely means that Google Chrome or another browser is preventing you from visiting an unreliable website.
The “Your connection is not private” error often occurs when your browser notices a problem while creating a SSL connection or can’t verify the certificate. For example, it can be caused by an illegitimate certificate authority, in which case you will see the message NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID.
A valid SSL certificate makes a website run on HTTPS, the secure version of HTTP. Websites with problematic SSL connections aren’t reliable because they’re prone to security issues.
For instance, websites with invalid SSL certificates make it easier for hackers to commit data theft. If you enter personal information such as login credentials or payment details on such websites, they may be visible to hackers.
However, sometimes the problem isn’t the website’s SSL certificate at all. It can also be caused by issues on the visitors’ end, like their browser, WiFi network, or operating system.
You may encounter this issue while using unsafe public WiFi, having an incorrect date and time on your computer, or if your antivirus software is performing an SSL / HTTPS scan.
Fortunately, if the problem lies on the visitor’s end, the “Your connection is not private” error should have an easy fix.