Google Chrome displays an error message or warning whenever you try to access websites over an insecure connection. You will find below the steps to fix or deal with Your Connection is not private error in Chrome browser on a Windows computer.
Your Connection is Not Private Error in Chrome
“Your Connection is not private” error in Chrome browser is designed to warn users about the possibility of their personal data being compromised.
This error message in Chrome browser is usually triggered if the SSL certificate of the website that you are trying to access is expired, invalid or not issued by an approved authority.
In certain cases, “Your Connection is not private” error in Chrome browser can also be triggered due to incorrect Date & Time Settings on a Windows computer and other reasons.
Hence, let us take a look at how to fix or deal with “Your Connection is Not Private” error message in Chrome browser on a Windows computer.
1. Ignore Chrome and Proceed to Website
If the website that you are trying to access is known to you and does not require your personal information like Name, Phone Number or Credit Card details, you can choose to ignore the warning and proceed to the website.
If you have made the decision to ignore “Your Connection is Not Private” warning, click on the Advanced link.
Next, click on Proceed to www.websitename.com (unsafe) option.
You will be landing on the website that you were trying to access and will have no problem browsing the website.
As mentioned above, you should use this method only for websites that do not require your personal information.
2. Fix Date & Time On Your Computer
Chrome browser can trigger “Your Connection is not private” error message, if the time and date settings on your computer are not correct.
Right-click on the Time & Date icon, located in the taskbar and click on Adjust date/time option in the menu that appears.
If you cannot find the Time & Date Icon in taskbar, click on Start > Settings > Time & Language.
On the next screen, make sure that your Time Zone is correct and the Date and time as displayed is correct.
If the time is not correct, you can refer to this article: How to Fix Slow or Incorrect Windows Computer Clock
3. Clear SSL Certificate Cache
Type “Internet Options” in Windows search bar and click on Internet Options (Control Panel) in the search results.
On Internet Properties screen, click on Content tab and then click on Clear SSL state button to clear the SSL Certificate cache stored on your computer.
Click on OK to close the window and make sure you Restart your computer to apply the changes.
4. Clear Browsing Data
Chrome browser can display error messages, if the browser cache is full or has cached error pages.
Click on the 3-dot Chrome menu icon > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data.
On the next screen, select Browsing History, Cookies/other site data and Cached Images/Files and click on Clear Data button.
After clearing browsing data, try to access the webpage and see if you are still getting “Your Connection is Not Private” Error in Chrome Browser.
5. Disable SSL Scanning by Antivirus Software
Sometimes, this problem can be caused by over-sensitive or aggressive antivirus program settings. This can be fixed by disabling SSL Scanning option in the Antivirus program settings.
Kaspersky: Click on Settings > Additional > Network > and disable Scan encrypted connections option.
Avast antivirus: Click on Settings > Active Protection > Web Shield > Customize. On the screen, uncheck Enable HTTPS scanning option.
Bitdefender: Click on Settings > Privacy Control > Antiphishing > Turn OFF SSL Scanning option.
Note: Above settings may vary, depending on the version of Antivirus program installed on your computer.
6. Remove or Disable Browser Extensions
Certain browser extensions can interfere with proper functioning of Chrome and trigger error messages. Hence, make sure that you remove all the unnecessary browser extensions installed on your computer.
If some extensions are necessary, disable them and see if the error goes away. Later on, you can enable browser extensions one by one and track the problematic extension.
Click on the 3-dots Chrome menu icon > More tools > Extensions.
On the next screen, disable all the extensions by moving the toggle to OFF position. If an extension is unnecessary, click on Remove to uninstall the extension.
After disabling All the Extensions, Restart Chrome browser and see if you are still getting “Your Connection is Not Private” error in Chrome browser.