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How to Fix: Your connection is not private on Chrome

You might encounter the “Your connection is not private” alert is generally due to the failed security requirement per Chrome browser. We can troubleshoot by checking the system date and time, verifying the SSL certification validity, adjusting firewall settings, and clearing obsolete cookies and cache data from the browser.

There are quite a few error messages you might have encountered in your daily usage of the Chrome Browser. But for many, the Your Connection is not a private message that seems to be the most concerning.

The reason for the same is the accompanying message that it displays: Attackers might be trying to steal your information from (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards.

Chrome Your connection is not private

This leads to a dilemma as to whether they should really proceed with accessing the site. Furthermore, what is this error message all about? Well, when you feed in a URL to the browser, it will first perform a security check on that site.

This is done by checking the website’s digital or SSL certificate, whether it follows an HTTPS protocol, and its domain authority score (sometimes). The browser will use a red flag on this site if the certificates are missing or expired/outdated.

When this happens, you will be greeted with the error mentioned above. However, if you feel that the browser has raised a false positive or need to bypass this restriction for any reason (unsafe), then this guide shall help you.

Verify System Date and Time

If the site has updated its certificates, but your PC’s date and time are not set up correctly, then the browser can’t identify the changes to that site. This would then lead to the SSL certificate error and the “Your Connection is not private” error.

Here are the steps to verify and set the correct date and time in Windows:

  1. Verify the date and time from the bottom right corner of the taskbar.
  2. If it’s incorrect, right-click and select Adjust Date/Time.
    Adjust Date and Time Option in Windows OS
  3. Enable the Set Time Automatically and Set Time Zone Automatically options.
    Set Time and Date Automatically in Windows OS
  4. Hit on the Sync now button to perform a manual online sync.

Once done, try accessing the site and check whether the issue has been rectified. However, if you cannot be online, disable the automated options and consider manually making the adjustments from the same menu.

Delete Chrome Cache/Cookies

If temporary browser data accumulates over the course of time, then it could result in quite a few issues. One among them is the inability of the browser to correctly read the website information before it properly loads it up. Therefore you should clear these cache and cookies data right away.

Here are the steps to clear cookies and cache from the chrome browser:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots iconoption, and select Settings.
  3. Switch to the Privacy and Security section.
  4. Select the Clear browsing data tab.
    Clear Browsing Data menu tab in Chrome Browser
  5. Enable checkbox for Cookies and Other Site Data and Cached Images and Files.
    Clear Cookies and Cache Data from Chrome Computer
  6. Hit the Clear data button.

Once done, restart the browser and check whether the error has been rectified. Deleting these temporary data might result in a slow load of some sites. But if it fixes the underlying issue, then a wait for a few extra seconds would be more along the justifiable lines.

Clear SSL state

Your PC has a standalone section where it stores the SSL Certificate information for various websites. However, if any of that data gets corrupted, then there could be a high chance of the browser raising a false positive when, in reality, that might not be the case.

The best way to check for the same is to delete all the stored SSL states and then let Chrome create a new instance.

Here are the steps to clear the SSL state in Internet Properties:

  1. Head over to the Start menu and search for Internet Properties.
  2. Open Internet Properties from the search result, and switch to the Content tab.
  3. Hit the Clear SSL state button and wait for the process to complete.
    Clear SSL State under Internet Options in Windows 10
  4. Now restart your browser and try visiting the site.

Since you have deleted the SSL state of every website, Chrome might take a while before displaying the security of the sites you visit. However, this will only happen once, as the browser will automatically save the current state in its SSL cache on this first visit itself.

Disable Antivirus/Firewall

Sometimes, the antivirus app might become overprotective and block access to a particular site. So if you have complete trust in the site you are about to visit and believe that the antivirus has raised a false alarm, consider disabling it for the time being.

Here are the steps to disable Windows Defender Firewall:

  1. Search and open Windows Defender Firewall from the Start menu.
  2. Click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off from the left menu bar.
    Windows Defender Options Settings in Windows OS
  3. Select the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall option under Public and Private networks.
    Turn off Windows Defender Firewall on OS
  4. Try accessing the site now and check whether the issue has been rectified.

info iconNote: Disabling the Firewall might prove to be a risky bet. So if the issue is still present or you are done using the site, make sure to re-enable the Firewall/antivirus immediately. It is not safe to browse the internet with the firewall disabled.

Bypass the Warning

If none of the above methods managed to give out favorable results, then as a last resort, you may bypass this error and access the site. However, bypassing the warning is extremely risky and not recommended. But if you trust the website and wish to carry on, you can bypass the alert.

Here are the steps to visit the unsafe site on the chrome browser:

  1. Click on the Advanced button at the bottom left of the error message.
    This shall further expand the error message and explain why it was blocked.
  2. At the bottom, you shall see a link Proceed to <> (unsafe).
    Proceed to Website Unsafe link on Chrome
  3. Click on the link to access the unsecured site.

You shall be taken to that site with a broken padlock in the URL.

However, if that doesn’t work out, there’s another way out. For that, we would be taking the help of Chrome’s experimental feature known as flags.

Here are the steps to disable invalid certificates Chrome flags:

  1. Launch Google Chrome for Computer.
  2. Type in chrome://flags in the address bar, and hit Enter key on the keyboard.
  3. Search for the Allow invalid certificates for resources loaded from the localhost flag.
    Allow invalid certificates for the resource loaded from localhost chrome flag
  4. Change its state to Enabled from the drop-down.
  5. Hit on the Relaunch command button.

This will now allow invalid certificates from the website. This will directly bypass the error, and you will no longer be present with Your Connection is not a private for invalid or expired SSL certificate.

Bottom Line: Chrome Connection not Private

So this was all from this guide on how to fix the Your connection is not a private error in Chrome. We have shared a total of five different fixes, any one of which should spell out success for you.

In my case, the error was fixed after deleting the SSL state via Internet Options. There was an overlap of the Secure Socket layer data of the two sites. It worked perfectly after deleting them and letting the browser create a fresh copy of the same.

With that said, let us know in the comments which method worked out for you in fixing it – Your connection is not private in Chrome.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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