Modern browsers provide a smooth web surfing experience with a minimum of lags and a maximum of convenience, but they also keep users away from unsafe sites.
All these web security protocols in place are important. The SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates provide encryption security to client-server communications; antivirus software prevents, detects, or removes compromised software; and also firewalls that block malicious traffic coming to websites.
A big layer of security lies behind the beautiful UIs and awesome features built into the browser. These protection works to prevent any easy entry to pages that raise red flags from the perspective of defensive algorithms built into Safari on Mac.
When trying to visit one of the raised-flag webs on the Internet, people get the “Your connection is not private” error. This encounter has become a fairly common attribute of online activities over the past few years, among most internet users.
The positive thing is that this warning is not always a sign of real danger or a cyber threat in all cases. There are a few reasons why you might get this error:
- Outdated browser
- Incorrect date/time settings
- Server issues
For instance, if the page is using regular HTTP rather than an encrypted HTTPS mode of interacting with its visitors. This can allow all data exchanged between the endpoint and the server to be easily mishandled if a third-party intercepts it.
These web securities also sometimes mess up with web browsers, leading to these display errors. Some errors displayed by browsers are related to SSL certificates, like “Your Connection is Not Private”, and they need to be fixed for smooth browsing on the web.
Refresh and Reload the Page
Closing and reopening the browser again when you encounter the above error may solve the issue. This might be due to the site owner re-issuing the SSL certificate, and a simple browser refresh may solve the purpose.
Try Private Browsing Mode.
Incognito mode doesn’t log sites into your history or cache, and that may be the reason a site won’t load for you.
You can utilize the private browsing mode to view a website without encountering this error. Copy the URL address of the website and paste it into the Private Window on Safari.
Check your System Date and Time
- Click on the Apple menu and go to System Preferences.
- Select Date & Time, as shown.
- Here, check the box next to Set date and time automatically to fix the error.
If you’ve recently changed your location or traveled to a different time zone, your date, and time settings might be incorrect. This also can cause all kinds of annoying issues on Mac internet connections.
Clear Browser Cache and Cookies
When you scroll through websites, a lot of your preferences get stored in the memory of the computer in the form of cache data. This data uses plenty of hard disk space and will slow down your computer.
In many cases, this cache becomes outdated or gets corrupt and messes up with web securities, causing the browser to display an SSL error message. Deleting them might help solve the problem.
Check your Wi-Fi and Antivirus/Firewall
If you’re using a public Wi-Fi connection, this error could also indicate that your Wi-Fi connection is not secure.
Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network to see if the problem persists. If you regularly use public Wi-Fi networks, it’s definitely worth investing in a VPN to protect your private data.
Other web securities may sometimes interfere with your network and restrict access to genuine sites. If antivirus software equipped with online protection features is running on the Mac, it may interfere with proper privacy monitoring workflows in Safari. This is because some anti-viruses override the normal network settings and preferences.
The browser cannot properly verify that everything is smooth security-wise, and it alerts the user to possible risk by showing the “Your connection is not private” page.
The solution may be to disable the SSL scan option in your antivirus software, or temporarily disable the antivirus software and recheck if the error resolves.
A Virtual Private Network helps to access those websites which are prohibited or restricted in some regions. In case you are unable to use VPN on your device, try to disable it and try opening the same website.
Use Keychain Access
If this error only occurs while launching the website on Mac, you can utilize the Keychain Access application to fix it, as follows:
- Open Keychain Access.
- Find the Certificate and double-click on it.
- Next, click on Trust > Always Trust. Navigate to the website again to check if the error has been resolved.
Check Internet Connectivity
If your Wi-Fi is on, the network with the best signal strength will be chosen automatically. However, this won’t ensure that it is the right network.
Only strong, secure, and viable connections should be utilized for browsing the internet via Safari. Open networks tend to contribute to Safari errors like this error.
Proceed with Manual Caution Message
The easiest solution to fix the “This Connection is Not Private” error on Safari is to visit the website anyway.
Irrespective of the browser warning, if you still need to access your desired website since you are sure about the authenticity;
- Click on Show Details.
- Select the “Visit the Website” option.
- Confirm your selection, and you will be able to navigate to the desired website.
Tip: It is recommended to avoid this step when in the public network. This is due to the fact that the website you are trying to access is compromised or the SSL certificate is not configured properly.
It is always better to avoid such pages whose owners don’t take their audience’s privacy seriously, and always be careful when bypassing such warnings.
Be cautious about the websites you visit; avoid pop-ups, and only download items from trusted sources. Don’t forget to consider a VPN if you use a public Wi-Fi network.
Third-party applications can trigger this error, by mistake. Apps such as antivirus software can cause conflict in applications/software, and override your normal network preferences. Always disable or uninstall all unverified third-party apps.
Remember, even if a site has the HTTPS string before its domain name, it may be using an untrusted or an out-of-date certificate.