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

The Safari browser is intelligent in tracking insecure and unsafe sites. It also uses SSL verification to identify the website’s security status. If it finds any mismatch or mixed content, Safari will display a notice saying, “this connection is not private”. You can troubleshoot the issue if it’s within your system mention here or wait for the browser or website admin to fix the certificate-related issues.

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, 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.

Did internet access on your Mac break on 30th September 2021? Here's the fix!

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.

Follow 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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

  1. On the upper-left corner of your screen, click on the Apple apple logo 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 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:

  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 the 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, 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.

this connection is not private error in safari macos browser

If you are sure that the site is secure, 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 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!

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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35 Responses

  1. JSR1022 says:

    I tired it all and the issue has not resolved.

    • Editor Staff says:

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

      • Naresh says:

        I tried it all the ways which your are shown in article. The issue has not resolved.

        website link – bharatbiotech.com

        • Editor says:

          Hello Naresh, I can see that the SSL certificate of BharatBioTech has been revoked by GoDaddy, that’s a reason it’s not loading and encounter the connection not private issue. It isn’t an issue with your or anyone’s browser.

          It’s something that website managers need to fix.

  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)

    • Editor Staff 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.

    • Editor Staff 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.

  4. iuliia says:

    I tried all methods and steps to resolve the issue and the issue is not resolved.

    • Editor Staff says:

      Did you check developer console logs? Maybe that will help you.

  5. Jeremy Heiser says:

    Great advice. However, I’m facing something a little larger. I’m hitting the “not private” error across browsers and across users (family machine). Still trying to trace the issue back to its root. Is it an SSL error that just appeared today or is it an anti-virus issue (Avira). Getting a little frustrated at this point

  6. bigfoz says:

    So you’re saying that outlook, google and eBay have all forgotten to renew their certificates? These are the ones that safari have blocked for me!

  7. Ian says:

    I’ve also tried all these options. I am having the problem with just one web site. It is occurring in both Safari and Chrome (I haven’t tried other bowsers) on my MacBook Pro (Catalina) and also on my iPhone.
    I can get to the site by opening a Windows 10 emulation using Parallels and then browsing with Chrome.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Ian, can you mention the site URL?

      • Ian says:

        yep, it is footy.unimelb.edu.au. I’ve been in touch with the site developer but his advice only applied to Windows based browsers. I have been able to access the site through a virtual (Parallels) Windows machine on my Mac.

  8. Diana says:

    I am having issues accessing any .mil sites on my mac it doesn’t even give me the option to “advance with caution” it just has the advance tab and a message that is all. How do I fix this I’ve tried all the steps and I’m running out of options and I need to be able to access these sites.

    • Editor says:

      Hi, did you checked the connection via a different network? The specific domain level issue is often due to restricted permission from the network administrator. Perhaps, you should try connecting with your mobile data using a hotspot to check if the issue persists.

  9. Harshan says:

    I am having issues passing the privacy error and I tried all the steps for the site

    • Editor says:

      I believe it’s the issue from the website and not with your browser.

  10. Bryan says:

    I am having the same trouble, but with the apple website… I tried most of these and still nothing

  11. Deborah says:

    Thanks for your precious advice however I am still struggling to connect: ERAJOBS
    Any thoughts on what the problem could be? Thanks

    • Editor says:

      Hello Deborah, I can see the SSL certificate for the site has expired on July 3, 2021. Hence, we are encountering a private connection error. There is nothing we can do on our end, it’s the webmaster’s duty to renew and maintain the certificate. As when the certificate is renewed, the website will not have the issue.

      Screenshot: certificate expired

  12. Brad says:

    1. Try going to Keychain Access (Finder>Applications>Utilities>Keychain). Make sure that “Search Directory Services for Certificates” has a checkmark under Preferences within Keychain Access. This will allow your computer to search for the Certificate connected to a secure website.

    Remember that the Secure Certificates are stored within Keychain, if Safari cannot access those certificates to validate a website; then the website will not open.

    2. If you already have the checkmark for Search Directory for Certificate, then you may need to reset Keychain Access.

    3. If all those steps don’t work you may need to reinstall OS X.

    Simply press and hold COMMAND R (both keys at the same time for about 10 seconds) at startup. Click on Reinstall MAC OS.

  13. Ravi says:

    Hi! I tried all the options, Its still not going further. Even Manually its not going to next step. Any other option.
    Thank you

  14. Robert says:

    Hi. I am having issues connecting to yahoo and youtube and showing Your connection is not private in my macbook air for both chrome and safari. I tried all the steps above but still it does not work.

  15. Debbie says:

    This is so frustrating! I’ve tried everything. It’s popping up for almost everything I try to look at. Even Wikipedia.

  16. Lindsey says:

    I’m experiencing this issue on every website I visit – all legitimate websites – Wikipedia, apple.com, Bloomingdales, etc. I’ve completed all of the above steps.

  17. david says:

    Hi. I am having issues across multiple websites with both Safari and Google chrome. I have tried all the suggestions on your page with no success. One of the many sites is [SITE_URL_REMOVED] if you wish to try from your end?
    Thanks for your help

    • Editor says:

      Hello David, I do not see any issue with the site. May I know which version of MacOS and Safari browser you are currently running? There have been a few issues reported with the older versions of Safari and MacOS. Please consider a safari update to the latest version.

  18. RWS70 says:

    Is there a way to add sites to a safe web page list in safari such that safari does not block those sites?
    Why not simply install Firefox?
    Thanks

  19. k says:

    this seems to be happening to many people this week
    what changed?

    someone figured it – issue developed on sept. 30, 2021

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLG6XVZPF34

    • Editor says:

      Thank you for bringing up this. The issue is most common in older versions of Mac and Safari and this should probably fix the problem.

  20. Jenn says:

    Dead simple. Downloaded the certificate manually and entered it in the keychain. Most of the problems are resolved. Yes, I’m using older versions of browsers in my older OS because of the age of my computers, which are otherwise perfectly functional for my needs. I will not be forced to buy a new computer because programmers cannot be bothered to make their website updates backward compatible; it is absolute nonsense how many really large professional (i.e. LinkedIn) and retail sites no longer work — I’m disgusted that, particularly after so many of us are financially challenged because of pandemic closures, so much of the world is being this petty about software updates and computer hardware purchasing. Thank you.

  21. Jonathan says:

    This is an awesome fix, thank you so much!

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