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How to fix “Your Connection is not Private Error”

If a website fails to provide a secure connection, the browser will display the message: "Your connection is not private". Here's how you can fix it!

17 Feb, 22 by Susith Nonis 3 min Read

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For both consumers and developers, website security is a top priority. Users require verification before giving their personal information to a website, and developers must ensure that their websites use SSL certificates and secure methods for users. As a result, modern browsers prevent users from accessing a website directory unless the website has a security certificate. As a result, the user may see an error message stating that "Your Connection is not Private." We'll go over the several variations of this error and some possible solutions in this article. Let's get started!

When a website wants to accept user information, Google Chrome or any other web browser permits protected connections. If a website fails to provide a secure connection, the browser will display the message: "Your connection is not private".

This error simply indicates that your browser has denied the page load request since the website is attempting to serve an HTTP connection while taking user data. Such HTTP connections are not authorized because web browsers follow a strict privacy policy. Each website is given an SSL certificate which acts as the website's identity on the internet. If the certificate is not present or is invalid, the browser will restrict you from reaching the website.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome will give the following when you try visiting an insecure website.

Below are the error codes that you can get from Google Chrome along with the above message:

ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

ERR_CERT_SYMANTEC_LEGACY

NET::ERR_CERTIFICATE_TRANSPARENCY_REQUIRED

NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID

ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM

NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID

NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox will give the following when you try visiting an insecure website.

Below are the error codes that you can get from Mozilla Firefox along with the above message:

SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER

ERROR_SELF_SIGNED_CERT

SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE

MOZILLA_PKIX_ERROR_MITM_DETECTED

MOZILLA_PKIX_ERROR_ADDITIONAL_POLICY_CONSTRAINT_FAILED

SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_ISSUER_CERTIFICATE

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will give the following when you try visiting an insecure website.

Below are the error codes that you can get from Microsoft Edge along with the above message:

Error Code: 0

DLG_FLAGS_INVALID_CA

DLG_FLAGS_SEC_CERT_CN_INVALID

NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID

  1. This is the simplest solution that you can try. Reload the webpage as there might be some unwanted browser issue from your side itself.
  2. Check the timing of your computer clock and try resetting it. This is because SSL certificates use computer clock fit synchronization purposes. 
  3. Browser cache can also be one of the reasons for this error. Instead of clearing browser cache, go to your browser's Incognito/Private window and see if the issue persists.

Susith Nonis

I'm fascinated by the IT world and how the 1's and 0's work. While I veture into the world of Technology I try to share what I know in the simplest way possible. Not a fan of coffee, a sweet addict and a self accredited 'master chef'.