Many users reported the Chrome NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error code along with your connection message as not private . If you are one of those who faced this error and can’t access your favorite website, you are reading the right tutorial. Here we will cover everything about this error including the reasons and possible fixes. Let’s start with a brief introduction.
The internet is one of the things that technology connects us to the world. Using the internet, you can chat on different continents, work on projects from anywhere, find out what is happening in the world, and much more. Using a computer or smartphone connected to the internet, you can study, work and shop in seconds. But, it’s also one of the things hackers can use to get hold of your information, which they can later use to steal from you. We all use anti virus and online security software applications to secure our computers against such attacks. Also, website owners secure their website in their own way. But what if, you access a vulnerable website yourself? What if,
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We have all come across such an error at least once while browsing. Google Chrome usually shows this error when a website is not completely secure. But I also saw Chrome showing the same error when it was the same website I accessed using the same browser the last time it worked fine. It doesn’t matter platform. Windows, Android, or Mac, getting an error like NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID can be very frustrating. Don’t worry, in this guide, we’ll help you fix this error using several working methods, across all platforms. But first, let’s see what this error is?
What is NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID?
The first thing to understand here is that it is not a mistake. This is just a warning message from your browser when it finds a possible security breach. Google Chrome gives us this warning when we try to access a website whose certificate it issues is not trusted by your device’s operating system. This occurs when the server has generated its own certificate or credentials, which your browser cannot convey. At this point, your browser gives you a warning and lets you decide whether you want to visit an unsafe website or not. When the certificates from the website and Chrome do not match, it is considered unauthorized access by the hacker. Therefore, to keep your device and personal information safe, Chrome displays this warning. In short,
- No Certificates issued by third-party sites.
- The third-party site certificate was not renewed.
- Your browser and third part site connection is not secure.
This warning is displayed in our browser in the following two different interfaces (Don’t worry, you can follow our method in both interfaces).
- Type one: This is usually seen in older versions of Chrome. Here you get the “Continue Anyway” button.
- Type two: This can be seen in the latest version of Chrome. Here you get the “Advanced” button.
How To Fix Your Connection Not Private Net :: err_cert_authority_invalid?
1. Simply Continue
One of the easiest and fastest ways to visit a website when this warning appears, is to ignore it. Just go on. (This method is only recommended if you are sure the website is safe.)
Step 1. In older versions click the Proceed Anyway button. In the latest version of the Chrome browser, click Advanced.
Step 2. In the next step, older versions will have the option to Add Exception, while newer versions of browsers will display the option Continue to site (not safe). Select that, and your browser will continue to that website.
2. By Preventing Warnings
This method will prevent future warnings from occurring. This method disables warning messages. This method may not work on the latest version of Chrome.
Step 1.Type chrome: // flag in your Chrome address bar and press Enter.
Step 2. A new page will open. On this page, you need to find the option Remember the decision to proceed via SSL error for the specified time period. Click on the drop down menu located just below it.
Step 3. Select the time period, during which you don’t want to see the warning. Close the window after selecting the time period.
3. Check Antivirus or Firewall
Antivirus also prevents your browser from viewing suspected websites and displays a NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID warning in your browser. Users all over the world use different antivirus software. But the procedure is the same for every antivirus. You just need to turn off SSL Scan or HTTP protection or HTTPS protection from your antivirus hijacking settings, under settings.
4. Check Time and Date
In most of cases, the error can trigger due to incorrect dates and times. This prevents the Google Chrome browser from verifying the SSL certificate. Update your date and time, and this will prevent displaying warnings.
5. By Ignoring the SSL Certificate
Using this method, you can ignore SSL connection errors. This is not a permanent solution to your problem. But it will get rid of the SSL error from your chrome browser, until you choose to let it show again.
Step 1. Find the Google Chrome shortcut on your desktop, and right click on it. Select Properties.
Step 2. Add parameters as shown in the image below. And then click OK.
6. By Cleaning Google Chrome Browser
The reason behind the warning NET :: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID could also be due to some unwanted extension or similar files. Cleaning your Chrome might fix the problem.
Step 1. Open Google Chrome Settings.
Step 2. Select Advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
Step 3. Find the option Clear Browsing Data, and select it.
Step 4. After the last step, a popup window will open. Mark the details you want to delete and click Clear browsing data.
When visiting a website, your browser says that the site cannot provide a secure connection or that your connection to this site is not private, so it can be very frustrating. Using the solutions mentioned above, you can get rid of all those warnings including NET:: ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID. Let us know in the comments if you can’t solve the problem with this tutorial.