Mac OS X: Fix Your Connection Is Not Private Error In Google Chrome

Many users reported after switching from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome, they often get an irritating error when surfing HTTPS websites. The Chrome browser displays: Your connection is not private error message, and then stop users from accessing the website.

Typically, there would be an option that we can use to bypass this annoying error in Google Chrome. However, if the cause of this error won’t be fixed, users may feel very irritating because they need to click-to-bypass this error every time you visit a website with SSL certificate.

Although this error doesn’t harm your computer, it causes bad user experience when using it. Therefore, I’m going to share with you a few tips you can use to find out why this error occurs on your Chrome browser, as well as how to resolve it permanently.

Fix Your Connection Is Not Private Error In Google Chrome In Mac OS X

According to the cases that I have helped to resolve before, wrong date & time on your Mac computer is the most common reason that caused this error. You should know that websites that use SSL certificates will need to match the time between your computer and the server to encrypt and transmit data.

Mac OS X - Google Chrome warning message: Your connection is not private

Therefore, if the date & time on your computer is incorrect, your data won’t be encrypted. That is the reason why Google Chrome warns you that your connection isn’t private, as those data can be monitored and exploited while transmitting. In case you want to know more about SSL and the purpose of using it, read this handy article.

That said, to get rid of this irritating SSL error, the first thing you need to check is the date & time of your computer, make sure it’s correct. I have seen many cases that somehow, the date & time was reset and show a value of many years ago. This could be a result of failure operating system, or CMOS battery is empty. Anyway, after adjusting it back to the correct value, the error is no longer appear in Google Chrome.

Besides, you also need to check whether your antivirus program blocks SSL connections or not. There are many reports tell about the SSL scanning of antivirus or internet security program blocked regular SSL connections and considered them as threats. To be back normal, you can turn off this kind of features on your antivirus program.

Nevertheless, in some cases, you definitely can’t resolve, such as expired SSL certificate or misconfiguration. All these cases are caused by the owner of websites and need to be fixed from the server, the place that you don’t have permission to access. But instead of fixing this SSL error, you can bypass the warning of Google Chrome by ignoring it.

To do so, launch the Terminal app on your Mac OS computer and execute the following command:

/Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Chrome –ignore-certificate-errors &> /dev/null

Instead of checking SSL certificates, this will ignore the verify process and let you browse any websites with SSL certificates normally no matter they are valid or not.

From my point of view, this is just a short-term solution. I personally wouldn’t recommend doing so because this is a feature in Google Chrome that helps users to know whether their connections are secure or not.

Having a question regarding this type of errors? Please drop your comment below.

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  1. Ivan Hernandez April 27, 2017

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