If the error “Your connection is not private” appears on your screen, don’t panic. This error is quite common for most internet users. We are lucky that this error is very easy to solve. In this article we will tell you why this error is and how to solve it. your connection is not private net::err_cert_authority_invalid
Why does your connection is not private error appear?
Your Connection Is Not Private message does not have to have a bad meaning! This error means that Google Chrome protects you from visiting an unreliable website. Your Connection Is Not Private error occurs when your browser notices an error when creating an SSL connection or cannot verify the SSL certificate.
What is SSL Dude ?
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) has been developed to keep data secure. SSL encryption prevents attackers from stealing private data of users, such as names, addresses, or credit cards. If you are trading with your website, we recommend installing SSL on your website. You can read this article to learn more about SSL.
When you visit a website, Google Chrome sends a request to the server to request the site. If the desired site uses HTTPS, your browser will automatically scan for SSL certificates. It is then tested to ensure that the certificate meets safety standards.
If the SSL certificate is not valid, Google Chrome will prevent you from accessing this website instantly. Instead of showing a blank plain page, Google Chrome will show the error message “your connection is not private” on your screen.
There are many other reasons for this error other than the absence of an SSL certificate.
- Expired SSL certificate
If you are the owner of the website and you are sure that you have installed the SSL certificate, but you are experiencing this problem, you should check the duration of the SSL certificate. The duration of this certificate is not infinite. An SSL certificate is usually only active for a year. After that, you need to renew your subscription.
- The SSL certificate belongs only to the domain, not the subdomain
Sometimes there is no problem on the homepage of the website, but when you go to a subdomain, you will see this error. This is because the SSL certificate belongs only to the domain, not the subdomain. Check the SSL you bought. The cheapest options sometimes only apply to a single domain name.
- Unreliable institutions to issue SSL certificate
It is possible to have an SSL certificate without purchasing it. It is quite easy to issue and install an SSL certificate for your website. However, most browsers only allow SSL certificates from trusted institutions to ensure security. This error can occur if your browser finds that the SSL certificate is not issued by a secure institution.
How to fix your connection not private error in Chrome browser
The main reason for the error is an SSL certificate, but the problem may be by the client. The good news is that this is something that can be easily resolved. We will show you 8 simple methods to fix the “Your Connection is Not Private” error in Google Chrome.
1. Refresh the page
The first and easiest thing to do when you see the error message on your screen is to refresh your page. This may sound silly, but it often works. Possibly the SSL certificate is being reissued or your browser is failing to send a request to the server.
2. Make sure you don’t use public wifi
This may sound funny, but using common wifi, such as cafe or airport wifi, is one of the most common reasons for users to get this error.
Public networks usually work over HTTP. Therefore, if you buy or sell over the public network, the information you enter will not be encrypted. This information will be displayed as text and anyone using this same wifi network will be able to steal your personal data. Your browser will automatically show this error to alert you.
3. Clear browser cache, cookies and history
Occasionally, your browser cache may be overloaded, causing this error.
You can follow the steps below to clear browser cache in Google Chrome
- Find and click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the Google Chrome window
- Click on more tools
- Click Clear Browsing Data from Submenu
- Browsing history and Cached images and files
- Finish this process by clicking clear browsing data.
4. Try Stealth Mode
Your browser’s cache, cookies, and history can be important. Don’t worry, you don’t need to delete anything yet. First check to see if the cache is causing the problem by trying the stealth mode.
By using stealth mode, you are using a browser without cache, cookies, or browser history. To access incognito mode, you can click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the Google Chrome window. Select New Incognito Window. Now try to visit the website using incognito mode. If you encounter a similar problem, the problem may not be caused by your website’s cache and cookies.
5. Check your computer’s date and time
This may seem strange, but this error date and time may not be adjusted properly. Browsers rely on the date and time of your computer to check the validity of the SSL certificate.
Usually, the date and time are set in the future when your certificate is no longer valid. Or, it may have been installed on a past date when you have not yet installed the SSL certificate. So, making sure that the date and time are set correctly can solve this problem.
6. Check the antivirus software or internet security program
Some antivirus software and internet security programs scan for HTTPS. If this feature is enabled, it will block unusual SSL certificates and connections. To fix this, you need to disable the “SSL scanning” feature.
If you can’t find where this setting is, you can try disabling the antivirus and opening the website again. If the error no longer appears, you may want to consider changing your antivirus software.
7. Continue a dangerous connection manually (not safe)
This error does not prevent you from visiting the website. Continue manually by clicking Advanced -> continue to domain.com link at the bottom of the error screen.
8. Ignore SSL certificate error from Google Chrome Shortcut (not secure)
Continuing a dangerous connection resolves this issue temporarily. If you don’t want this error to bother you, ignore this SSL certificate error of Google Chrome.
Please note that this method will only put the alert in silent mode. Errors can still be present and prevent you from accessing dangerous websites.
You can follow the steps below to apply this method
- Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut on your desktop
- Choose Properties
- Add –ignore-certificate-errors in the target field
- Click OK
- If you get the error code NET :: ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID, click Continue to skip it
- Visit the website again and no more errors will appear.
Do not panic if the “Your Connection is Not Private” error in your browser because its solution is very simple. In this article we have presented eight simple methods to fix this error. If you know any other method for solving this error, please share it with us in the comments section below. See you in the next article.