How to Fix “This Connection is Not Private” in Safari Mac?

Learn how to fix the browser error message 'this connection is not private' on the Apple Safari browser on the macOS. Rectify and resolve the issue with these methods and simple steps.

Does it ever happen to you when you’re browsing the internet, watching a Youtube video, sending out a mail, or doing your Paypal transactions, and suddenly nothing works. All you see is This connection is not the private message in Safari?

Maybe I’m a little bit unlucky, but this issue is bothering many users just like you and me. And usually, this error message occurs in the Safari browser in MacBooks & macOS Computers.

The websites are becoming more secured day by day. They are being protected with encryption and other security protocols. However, not only are websites becoming secure, but even the web browsers are implementing various ways to become secure. There are a lot of shady sites on the internet that intend to steal your data and having a secured browser its utmost importance.

Apple Safari is a very secure platform, and it keeps you protected from all the websites that can harm you. Whenever you try to visit a website that is not protected by HTTPS protocol, safari will display an error message “This connection is not private.”

Hackers who want to steal other people’s personal information can’t just look into the website’s server database for information. Therefore, they usually impersonate popular websites and trick you into visiting phishing sites, so you give all the personal data there.

However, Safari is perfect for recognizing such impersonating websites. It easily identifies the unsecured site and roadblocks you from visiting them.

Fix “This Connection Is Not Private” in Safari

The main reason behind this connection is not private’ error is due to digital certificates. It could be the case that the certificate is either missing or damaged. You can view the digital certification in site information settings in macOS.

Sometimes the outdated browser, incorrect date/time settings, and server issues are also cause for the error.

We have listed a few methods to fix the issue at various stages. However, it is recommended if the site is not secure, you shouldn’t visit that site.

Follow these methods and steps within to resolve the issue and fix the connection is not private error message in safari browser:

Hard Refresh and Reload the Page

The most common method to solve the “This is not a private connection” error on Safari is to reload the webpage. Sometimes there are too many users accessing the server at the same time. In situations like this, the server tends to become slower in response to the users, resulting in an error.

Reload Page from Origin from in Safari Mac

If for some reason, your browser is unable to load the Digital certificates, you will also get the “This is not a private connection” error. You can use the Safari keyboard shortcut and press F5 or reload arrow icon in the browser to refresh the page, it may solve the issue. Or you can also choose the Reload page from Origin for better results.

Try Private Browsing Mode

Private mode or incognito browsing is common in all browsers nowadays. The mode doesn’t list your history, cache, cookies, etc. keeping you anonymous. It is possible that the website has a security issue, therefore launching the website in private mode can help to access the website. If you are able to access the website in private mode, then you should clear the cache and cookies.

Open the New Private Window

To open up the Private mode in Safari, first launch the Safari Browser. Click on the File option on the menu bar and click on New Private Window, visit the website now and check if the error still exists.

Check your System Date and Time

When your device time and date don’t match with the website according to the regional area, an SSL connection error occurs. This will lead to “This Connection is Not Private” error. You must double-check your Mac time and date, to resolve the error in Safari.

  1. On the upper-left corner of your screen, click on the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences and choose Date & Time.
  3. Check the time and date with your devices, and correct it if the time and date are inaccurate.

While data and time are automatically set, however, if you haven’t used your system for a long time, then date and time might mismatch might occur.

Clear Browser Cache and Cookies

It is possible that your Safari has gathered too much cache and cookie files in storage. These data take up a huge space in your hard disk storage when you visit a site your browser reads through all the cache and cookie files to give you a pre-configured experience.

However, if your browser is going to read tons of Cache and cookie files, the webpage will load very slow. In fact, it can become so slow that you can get the “This is not a private connection error”.

To clear your cache and cookies on your Safari browser, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Launch the Safari browser,
  2. Click on the Safari option from the menu bar, and then select Preferences.
  3. Go to the Advanced tab and
  4. Check the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  5. Close the Safari Preference Window.
  6. Now, select the Develop option from the menu bar.
  7. Click on the Empty Caches option to delete the cache files, delete cookies, clear all the browsing history.

Empty Caches in Safari Browser

Check your Wi-Fi and Antivirus/Firewall

If you are using public Wi-Fi, it is quite possible for someone to get into the Wi-Fi system and steal data from users who are using that Wi-Fi.

If you are confronting the ‘this connection is not private’ error in Safari while connected to public Wi-fi, then it is possible that someone is stealing data, or it simply means the Wi-Fi is not secure. The best to protect your data while using public Wi-Fi is to use a VPN.

It’s also possible that your firewall and antivirus are in conflict with the website hence causing the error. To resolve it, you can disable the firewall and antivirus. However, the site can be malicious. But, if you are sure that the site can do no harm, then only disable it and try to visit it.

Proceed with Manual Caution Message

This is the last thing you should ever try to visit any website with an insecure connection error problem. You can manually visit the site. Safari gives users a choice. However, by visiting the site, you will be putting risk to your personal information like bank details, etc.

this connection is not private error in safari macos browser

If you are sure that the site is secure then, click on the visit this website option, Safari will load the Webpage. However, be very cautious with this, make sure you have disabled the javascript, cache, and cookies for the site for safety measures.

Bottom Line: Connection Not Private Safari

Maybe you’re about to send that important mail or doing an online transaction. This private connection error in the Safari browser has ruined countless hours of users like us. But the problem is minor, and you can easily set it all up by following the methods above.

One thing I have particularly noticed that sometimes the issue arises because of date and time settings mismatch. So make sure your systems clock is synced with the internet and is set to auto mode.

And in case you’re using a VPN, then make sure you have given proper permission otherwise, VPN won’t work, and you will be presented again with the delicious “This connection is not private” error in Safari browser!

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6 Responses

  1. JSR1022 says:

    I tired it all and the issue has not resolved.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Hello, can you share the website link that you facing the issue?

  2. A says:

    Is there any way to make the “not private” popup, but make it go away with a single click? (I must type a password to do so, and it take a long time)

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Unfortunately no – that’s the way Safari is designed to alert about the connection is not private.

  3. Vincent Marino says:

    I’ve tried all these steps and I still am experiencing the issue. The only site I don’t get the secure connection error is Apple.com. Every other site I get this error. The weird thing is if I restart my Mac and then launch Safari I can connect to a site, but after a minute or two it’s back to error if out when I go to any site after that. This happens in all browsers not just Safari.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      Hi Vincent, looks like you might be having an issue with the Apple ‘Preference’ set up. Can you confirm that you’ve not enabled the “content & privacy restriction” option?

      Since you’re facing the issue with other browsers, something might be changed at the administrator setting level (or parental control) which is not just limited to the Safari browser.

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