Ever since Google Chrome was released in 2008, its developers have been constantly improving it. And now finally it is one of the most popular web browsers that is used all over the world.
Chrome developers have also added many useful features, such as SSL certificate scanner that helps you to check whether the connection is secure or not. If you open a website that uses bad or self-signed SSL, you will receive a warning message.
This message serve to warn you that your current connection is not secure, so that you don’t enter your sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card details, to this website.
There are 2 types of SSL certificate errors that you can encounter:
- The SSL error that happened in the user’s system.
- The incorrect configuration or invalid certificates that brought a SSL error.
No matter the reason, it would still need to be resolved so as to maintain your online security. So check some easy steps that you can do to resolve SSL errors in Google Chrome.
#1 Check the date & time on your PC
If the time is set incorrectly, Chrome will show you an error message stating that your connection is not private. Also there will be a sub-message: NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID.
To resolve this error, set up the date and time on your PC correctly.
#2 Clean up the cookies and cache in Chrome
There are other errors in Chrome that can be caused by cached files and invalid or outdated cookies, such as “This webpage has a redirect loop” or “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS”. These errors may occur if you visit a website with an SSL certificate.
Such errors can be resolved quite easily. Just clean up your cookies and cached files.
Go to Settings -> Show advanced settings and click on the “Clear browsing data” button. Select the types of content you want to delete and finish the job.
#3 Switch off SSL monitoring option in antivirus
If you use antivirus with an option of SSL monitoring, then you’d better switch it off. Some types of antivirus software can disable suspicious HTTPS incoming or outgoing traffic.
However, not all the antivirus programs do so, it applies to just a few of them. But there is no way to detect whether your security program prevents those connections or not. To find out, switch off SSL monitoring option and reload the page.
#4 Let the owner of the website know of incorrect SSL installation
If an SSL certificate has an issue or has expired, you should notify the owner of the website about it. They should renew the certificate or reinstall it from the server side and thus fix the problem.
Such types of errors usually come with the following notifications:
A user can’t do anything here, but to notify the owner of the online property. You can click on the Advanced option in Chrome to force it to open the website to temporarily bypass the issue.