The other day, I borrowed tablet from my brother to browse internet. As soon I entered a URL in Android’s Google Chrome I was greeted with the error, “Your connection is not private”, I was confused because the tablet was brand new and running stock Android 5.1 Lollipop with no additional apps. But anyhow, I managed to fix the problem, it wasn’t tricky but it took me a while to fix it.
How to fix Google Chrome “Your connection is not private” Android:
Solution #1 – Correct Date and Time Settings
- Grab your Android phone/tablet whatever.
- Go to Settings > Date & Time
- Check “Automatic date & time”
- Or optionally, you can set time by yourself, just make sure it is correct.
Solution #2 – Clear Browsing Data on Chrome
- Open Chrome on Android
- Press Menu soft-key or touch the menu icon
- Go to Privacy > Settings > Clear Browsing Data
- Check all-boxes and touch “Clear”
Solution #3 – Change WiFi connection
Try changing WiFi connection on your device. Public WiFi hotspots are insecure and prone to hacking attempts. Hackers can monitor internet packets on WiFi and decrypt SSL to steal your passwords.
Solution #3 – Disable Antivirus
If you have installed any Anti-virus or security application on your Android device. Temporarily disable them and start browsing to see if error is gone.
Solution #4 – Reset your Android Device
This would be your last resort, it will revert your device to default settings, all your SSL certificate issues will be fixed. If you are going to do it, just be sure to have a backup beforehand.
- Go to Settings > Backup & reset
- Click Factory Data Reset
Google Chrome Common Privacy Errors
Chrome includes an error code whenver it gives you a problem, the error appears something like this:
[box type=”error” align=”aligncenter” ]Your connection is not private Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.facebook.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards).[/box]
And it includes one of the following error codes, I give you an insight about these errors.
- NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID – It means, you cannot use HTTPS because SSL certificate on server has been expired.
- NET::ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID – It means you have incorrectly set date and time and your Android.
- NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID – It means the SSL certificate issuing authority is unverified.
- NET::ERR_CERT_REVOKED – It means the SSL certificated has been blocked by issuing authority.
Important information about HTTPS and SSL:
- Many websites that require personal information of user such as Social Media, Mail use Secured Connection also known as HTTPS (Hyper-text transfer protocol Secure) on SSL
- HTTPS allows encryption of data (URL, text etc.) between User and the Server machine so, it reduces risk of data theft and man in the middle attacks.
- Privacy Error, connection not private these types of error come when SSL certificate used by Server is expired, poorly configured or invalid.
- Websites that use HTTPS SSL have green lock icon right on the left side of address bar in Web browser.