While browsing the web, you’re likely to encounter the “Your connection is not private” error occasionally. But what does this privacy error mean, how do you fix it, and can you bypass it? Here’s everything you need to know.

The “Your connection is not private” error occurs when your web browser cannot confirm the identity of the website you’re trying to visit or finds its encryption weak. As a result, your browser assumes the website to be unsafe because it may have been compromised or has a configuration error.

It stops short of establishing a connection and presents you with the “connection is not private” warning.

This isn’t any run-of-the-mill warning because your browser needs a secure connection to the website to ensure that no one can snoop on the information you are exchanging with that website.

Although several privacy or SSL errors will require intervention from the website owner, you can try to get rid of the “Your connection is not private” error by attempting the following fixes.

One of the causes for the “ERR_CERT_DATE_INVALID” or “SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE” error codes is the wrong system date or time. You can remedy this by updating your computer’s date and time or by choosing the option to update it automatically.

If you are using Windows, you can right-click the date and time in the taskbar and choose the “Adjust Date and Time” option. Once in the “Date & Time” settings

On a Mac, you’ll find “Date & Time” settings in System Settings, which you can access by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.