Table of contents:
- Security in Chrome
- SSL certificate verification
- Possible errors
- SSL Software
- Check the date and time
- Problem in the server
- A threat to your computer
The Google Chrome browser (immediately after its release in 2008) quickly became one of the most popular browsers in the world. He replaced the then leader - Mozilla Firefox - due to its simplicity, download speed and user-friendly interface. Users, according to statistical studies, began to massively switch to Chrome, which is why this browser is now considered the most popular (after Internet Explorer, which, of course, is included in the Windows operating system by default).
Security in Chrome
Besides the fact that this browser is fast, convenient and intuitive, another advantage of it is the emphasis on user security.
Thus, for example, Chrome warns the user that the site he wants to visit belongs to a database of fraudulent or dangerous ones (if the network resource can really harm you). This is a very good feature, as it allows you to block phishing sites at least in this way.
Another security mechanismsecurity in the browser is to verify the SSL certificate. This is a method of transferring encrypted data, which is used by many sites that provide for working with finances (and not only). If you visit a site with a fake certificate and the browser recognizes it, an SSL connection error will occur. What to do in such cases and how to bypass the ban on visiting the site, read in this article.
We will also try to give basic tips on how to secure your computer system.
SSL certificate verification
So, the encrypted connection used by the site is checked by the usual verification of it with the generally established form of providing certificates. During this procedure, the browser is able to recognize where the SSL is fake and where it is real. If an error is detected, the browser signals this by displaying an appropriate message on the screen. It looks like this: "Your connection is not secure" (Chrome). What to do if you see him, we will tell further.
In general, the fact that the connection is not properly protected may indicate the possibility of losing personal data, which is fraught with unpleasant consequences for the user. Therefore, the browser tries to protect the PC owner from such problems and blocks access to the site.
True, the real reason that the indicated (“Your connection is not secure”) problem occurs may be completely different circumstances. That is, when you see this message, do not be afraid,It's like you've landed on some pirate site that can hack into your computer and steal your credit card credentials. No, it is quite possible that the error lies elsewhere. We will consider the options further in the text.
The backwardness of the software on your computer is one of the factors that determine why the message "Your connection is not secure" pops up (Chrome). What to do in this case is not difficult to guess - you just need to install the updates.
On Windows 7 and later, such problems cannot occur due to outdated software. Those who work with Windows XP and Windows Server may encounter them.
The problem is solved as follows: install SP3 (for 32-bit XP) and SP (for Server 2003 and 64-bit XP) service packs. After that, restart your computer and go to the site where the error “Your connection is not secure” (Chrome) popped up. What to do next - you will understand for yourself. Either the problem will go away, or you will realize that its cause is not really in the updates. Then we go through the list of possible options further.
Check the date and time
Another common problem users face is incorrectly set date and time. A server-side SSL certificate operates at the same time, while on the user's PC, say, a completely different date is set. In this case Chromechecks for the presence of a certificate that is either outdated or could not exist at that time at all. Actually, that's why there was such an SSL connection error in Google Chrome. How to fix it is easy to guess for yourself: just rewind the date and time on the computer so that they match the current data. Again, there are two options: either the error will disappear, or its cause lies somewhere else.
A similar problem can occur when visiting a search engine. In particular, when the user has the wrong date, he may see the following message: "Could not connect to the genuine site." www.Google.com is certainly not a phishing or scam. It's just that it's all about the date on the PC - because of its irrelevance, Chrome gives an error, as if this is not the original site, but perhaps a copy of it. Move the date and time and the problem will disappear.
Problem in the server
Actually, in addition to the possible reasons already mentioned, there is also a completely logical one - the unreliability of the issued SSL certificate. Working with it, the Chrome browser from Google (for which the security and privacy of user data are one of the main goals) checks the issuer of the certificate. If this is a fake connection, or if the certificate is out of date, the user will obviously see the above message. Trust him or not - the owner of the PC decides.
In practice, a situation may arise when the site actually works with a fake certificate and transmits visitor data viaunsecured connection to third parties. Therefore, having noticed the inscription: "Your connection is not secure" (Chrome), decide what to do for yourself - take a chance and click "Continue browsing" (this link opens after clicking on "Details", so the user cannot click on it accidentally); or just leave the untrusted site.
A threat to your computer
Of course, your browser (be it Google Chrome or any other product) is a certain tool that allows you to determine at a minimum level whether it is possible to enter the site or not. But, of course, you should not rely solely on him.
An additional solution that would ensure the security of your system could be to install an add-on from some well-known antivirus. For example, Kaspersky Internet Security. If you're looking for something less cumbersome, you can check out some niche extensions in the Chrome Store that allow you to identify phishing sites that attack the user, fraudulent or illegal resources.
Besides this, do not neglect the active protection of the system. The solution can be one of the many antivirus products on the market, as well as some software that fights a specific type of vulnerability in your PC.
The list of modern scam tricks is so long that it is almost impossible to protect yourself from all of them. The owner of a computer must resort to several products. Of course, the Google Chrome browser incombined with its simplicity and speed can become one of them.