FIX: Connection is not private on Safari

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Safari is the built-in browser of MacOS and the third most popular browser in the world by the number of users.
  • Private and secure website connections are a must in today's world where cyber threats are very well disguised.
  • If Safari keeps alerting you that certain connections are not private, use the solutions listed this guide to fix this issue.
  • This article is part of our Mac Troubleshooting Hub. Bookmark it in case you need to fix other issues later on.
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Many Mac users reported getting This connection is not private message in Safari. This message will prevent you from accessing certain websites, so today we’ll show you how to bypass it.

What to do if the connection is not private in Safari?

1. Select the visit website option

This is just a warning message and you can bypass it by doing the following:

  1. When the warning message appears, click on Show details.
  2. Now choose Visit the website on the bottom of the page.
  3. A pop up will now appear. Select Visit website.

Some users reported that opening the website in a Private window and repeating the process fixed it permanently, so you might want to try that as well.


2. Delete the certificate

One way to fix this problem is to find and delete the certificate. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Check the certificate details from the page.
  2. Go to the Keychain Access.
  3. Find the certificate and delete it.
  4. Refresh the website and choose the option to access it anyway.

After doing that, the correct certificate should be installed and the issue will be resolved.


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3. Set the certificate to Always trust

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Changing the certificate options can help you fix Connection is not private message in Safari. This might not be the safest method, so use it only for websites that you trust:

  1. Open the Keychain Access.
  2. Find the certificate and choose Get Info.
  3. Expand Trust and set When using this certificate to Always Trust.

4. Make sure that the time is correct

If your clock isn’t correct, that can lead to issues with Connection is not private error. To fix it, do the following:

  1. Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Date & Time.
  2. Check your date and time and make sure it’s correct.
  3. Also, you can check Set Date and time automatically

Now check if the problem is resolved.


5. Clear the browser cache

Corrupted cache can cause this problem, so it’s advised to clear it. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. In Safari, go to Preferences > Privacy.
  2. Click on Manage Website Data button and click on Remove.
  3. Optional: Go to History and choose Clear History.

This message will prevent you from accessing certain websites in Safari, but we hope that you managed to fix it with our solutions.

FAQ: Learn more about Safari

  • What does this connection is not private mean on Safari?

This connection is not private is a security warning that Safari displays when a website is not secure. This notification usually occurs when there’s a problem with the certificate of the website you’re visiting (the certificate has expired or it’s not recognized).

  • How do I bypass this connection is not private warnings in Safari?

If you are absolutely sure the website that caused Safari to display privacy warning is completely safe, you can reload, set the certificate to Always trust, and clear Safari’s cache. These 3 methods should be enough to bypass the warning.

  • How do I turn on private browsing in Safari?

To enable private browsing on Safari, use the Command + Shift +N keyboard shortcut. You can also turn on private browsing by clicking on Safari’s menu (the three vertical dots) and selecting New Incognito Window from the list.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.