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Fix: This connection is not private error in Safari

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Web browsers play an integral role in our daily lives, serving as gateways to explore the vast expanse of the internet. Safari, the default browser for Apple devices, offers a seamless browsing experience with its sleek design and user-friendly features. However, occasionally users may encounter a frustrating error message: This Connection is Not Private.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of This connection is not private warning and a few ways to help you fix the issue.

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What does This connection is not private warning mean?

When you encounter the This connection is not private error on Safari, it means that the browser has detected an issue with the website’s SSL certificate or security configuration. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are crucial for encrypting data between your device and the website you are visiting, ensuring a secure connection. When Safari detects an SSL certificate problem, it displays this error to protect you from potential security risks.

However, there are some other causes of this issue as well.


What are the causes of the This connection is not private warning on Safari?

Below we have mentioned a few possible causes that might cause this connection is not private warning on Safari.

  • Expired or Invalid SSL certificate.
  • Using an outdated version of the browser.
  • Poor internet connection.

How to fix the issue?

If you are getting This connection is not private warning while accessing a site on Safari then we have explained a few ways that might help you resolve this issue.

Refresh the page

Sometimes, the error may occur due to a temporary issue. Try refreshing the page to see if it resolves the problem.


Clear the browser cookies and cache

Corrupted browser cookies and cache can cause a lot of problems and this might be a reason you are getting this warning while accessing the site. Clearing the browser cookies and cache might help you resolve it.

To clear the browser data on Mac follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the browser and click on the Safari menu and then select Preferences.

Step 2: Open the Privacy tab and then click on the Manage Website Data button.

Step 3: Select the website and then click on Remove.

To clear the browser data on iPhone follow the steps below.

  • Open Settings and then tap on Safari.
  • In Safari settings, scroll down and tap on Clear History and Website Data.
  • Then tap on Clear History and Data.

Update Safari and macOS/iOS

Ensure you’re using the latest version of Safari and your device’s operating system. Updates often include security patches and bug fixes that may address SSL certificate-related issues.


Restart your WiFi or connect to another network

It is possible that you are encountering this warning because of your internet connection, so restarting your router is a good option here.

Certain websites are blacklisted by internet service providers (ISPs), which means there’s a possibility that you won’t be able to access a particular site because your broadband provider has restricted it. However, you might have better luck accessing the site by switching to another connection, like your mobile network.


Check the Date and Time


If the date on your Macbook or iOS device is inaccurate, it will prevent proper authentication of certificates when browsing websites. To change the date and time on Mac go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Date & Time and set the date and time.

Click here to know how to change the date and time on your iPhone

Use the Private mode

By accessing a webpage in private mode, your browsing data is not stored locally, and you won’t be logged into any accounts. Therefore, you can attempt to bypass the warning by accessing the website in private mode, where your browsing activity is not saved.


Disable VPN

Using a VPN allows your internet traffic to be directed through a private server. However, if there are any problems with the server, it might cause this connection is not private warning on Safari for your iPhone and iPad.


Bypass the warning

If none of the above methods works for you and/or you trust the website you are trying to open then there is a way to bypass the warning and access the site.

To bypass the warning on Mac follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the browser and try accessing the site, when the warning appears click on the Show Details option available in the error message.

Step 2: The details about the warning will appear, at the end of the details it will give you the option to Visit the website, click on it.

To bypass the warning on your iPhone follow the steps below.

  • When you encounter the warning tap on the Show Details option available in the error message.
  • At the end of the error message tap on Visit this Website.
  • In the pop-up menu, tap on Visit Website to confirm your choice.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: singhakash95@pm.me

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