While browsing for something, unexpectedly, you end up with an error message “Your connection is not private” which means the website you are trying to reach is not secure. The issue is common with Google Chrome, Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc. The message indicates that you are visiting an unsafe site, and hackers might encrypt your personal data.

Each browser checks the digital credentials of the specific website you are trying to sign in to. If the browser cannot verify the SSL certificate of that site, it prevents you from visiting the site by giving the same error message. If you are also suffering from the “Your connection is not private” error message, and wondering how to eliminate such a warning message, then you are in the right place. In this article, we have listed few solutions to get rid of the same error. Let’s see them in detail.

The error message varies depending on the browser:

In Google Chrome:

Common Error Codes:

  • ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY
  • ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
  • NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID
  • NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID
  • NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID
  • NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHMT
  • NTE::ERR_CERTIFICATE_TRANSPARENCY_REQUIRED
  • SSL certificate error

In Mozilla Firefox:

Common error codes:

  • ERROR_SELF_SIGNED_CERT
  • MOZILLA_PKIX_ERROR_ADDITIONAL_POLICY_CONSTRAINT_FAILED
  • MOZILLA_PKIX_ERROR_MITM_DETECTED
  • SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE
  • SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_ISSUER_CERTIFICATE
  • SEC_ERROR_OCSP_INVALID_SIGNING_CERT
  • SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER
  • SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

In Microsoft Edge:

Common Error Codes:

  • DLG_FLAGS_INVALID_CA
  • DLG_FLAGS_SEC_CERT_CN_INVALID
  • Error Code: 0
  • NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID

In Safari Browser:

Fixes for the Your Connection is not Private error:

Fix 1: Reload the page:

First, you need to reload the page as a first attempt to resolve the “Your connection is not private” error. However, this simple trick worked for several users, so we strongly recommend the same here. 

Fix 2: Verify Wi-Fi connection:

If you use a public Wi-Fi connection and are not configured properly, your browser may make certain websites insecure and prevent you from accessing the site. In addition, most public internet connections do not run on HTTPS, and the connection does not seem secure to the browser. Here, the best possible solution is to use a secure VPN to hide your traffic and conserve your personal data. 

Fix 3: Use Incognito:

To get rid of the “Your connection is not private” error message, you can enable Incognito mode and access the website that shows the error message. The advantage of Incognito mode is to it enable you to browse without saving history or cache. Therefore, if the website were really having the security issue, it would not open once you switch to Incognito mode.  

Fix 4: Verify Date and Time:

If your system’s Date and Time are inaccurate and do not match the browser, you may also receive the error message “Your connection is not private” The best solution here is to fix the Date and Time settings.

To correct Data and Time on Windows;

  • Firstly, right-click over the Date and Time on the Taskbar.
  • From the menu, select Adjust date/time option.
  • Then correct the date and time.

To correct Data and Time on MacOS;

  • Firstly, click on the Apple Menu (from the top left corner of the window).
  • Then select System Preference->Date&Time.
  • Then correct the date and time.

Fix 5: Clear Browsing Data and Cookies:

 Some suffered users finally managed to get rid of the “Your connection is not private” error message by clearing browser data and cookies. Unfortunately, over-mounted cookies utilize excess hard disk space and cause to slow down the system performance. 

In Chrome;

  • Firstly, click on the three vertical dots located at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Then from the list, select More tools and then click on the Clear Browsing data option.
  • Once done, restart the system.

In Mozilla;

  • Firstly click on the three horizontal lines and select Settings. 
  • Then select Privacy & Security-> Cookies and Site Data 
  • Now click on the Clear Data option. Tick both Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content options in the newly opened Clear Data prompt. 
  • Finally, click on the Clear button.

In Safari;

  • Firstly, launch Safari and select the History menu. 
  • Then choose the Clear History option and select All history to clear all the browsing history.

So, these are all about the “Your connection is not private” error message and its solutions. If any of the above solutions did not help you resolve the same issue, you need to update your Windows. It would help if you also disabled the antivirus temporally to check the antivirus is causing the same issue. 

After verifying with antivirus, you can enable its service; otherwise, switch to another antivirus. If you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, please leave a comment in the below comment box.