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 secure day by day. They are being protected with encryption and other security protocols. However, websites are becoming secure, but even web browsers are implementing various ways to become safe. 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 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 quickly identifies the unsecured site and roadblocks you from visiting them.
UPDATE: Many users have complained about having the issue “connection is not private” recently from September 30, 2021. It’s mostly happening in the older version of MacOS and Safari browsers. It’s due to the expiry of the Root Certificate within the System. If you’re one, then please watch this video explaining the fix but read the following note after video.
Note: Using the third-party certificate is not recommended, especially the system or root certificates. Please proceed with caution and at your own risk. If you’re not comfortable with altering the root certificate, then continue following below mentioned solutions.
Fix “This Connection Is Not Private” in Safari
The main reason behind the ‘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, expired certificates, incorrect date/time settings, and server issues also cause 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.
Following these methods and steps within to resolve the issue and fix the connection is not a private error message in the 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 respond slower to the users, resulting in an error.
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 or 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 standard in all browsers nowadays. The mode doesn’t list your history, cache, cookies, etc., keeping you anonymous. The website may have a security issue; therefore, launching the website in private mode can help to access the website. If you can access the website in private mode, then you should clear the cache and cookies.
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
An SSL connection error occurs when your device’s time and date don’t match the website according to the regional area. It will lead to a “This Connection is Not Private” error. You must double-check your Mac time and date to resolve the error in Safari.
- On the upper-left corner of your screen, click on the Apple menu.
- Select System Preferences and choose Date & Time.
- 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 mismatch might occur.
Clear Browser Cache and Cookies
Your Safari may have gathered too many caches and cookie files in storage. These data take up considerable 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 will read tons of cache and cookie files, the webpage will load very slow. 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:
- Launch the Safari browser.
- Click on the Safari option from the menu bar, and then select Preferences.
- Go to the Advanced tab and
- Check the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.
- Close the Safari Preference Window.
- Now, select the Develop option from the menu bar.
- Click on the Empty Caches option to delete the cache files, delete cookies, clear all the browsing history.
Check your Wi-Fi and Antivirus/Firewall
If you are using public Wi-Fi, someone can 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 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 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 cannot harm, then only disable it and try to visit it.
Proceed with Manual Caution Message
It 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, you will be putting risks to your personal information like bank details, etc.
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 for users like us. But the problem is minor, and you can easily set it all up by following the methods above.
I have particularly noticed that sometimes the issue arises because of date and time settings mismatch. So make sure your system’s 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 it will present you again with the delicious “This connection is not private” error in the Safari browser!