How to Fix the https NOT Secure Message in Google Chrome

Chrome SSL Warning Message for Desktop and Mobile Devices

Whether you are using Google Chrome internet browser, Firefox or Microsoft Edge browser, that your browsers connection to the website, is not using encryption (thus, prone to attacks amongst other security issues whereby someone else can intercept the communication between your computer and the remote computer you are connecting to).

Fixing Your connection is not private due to (NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID) OR (NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID) basically Chrome is warning you about Encryption Certificates having invalid values which could be due to many reasons as opposed to just changing date time settings on your computer. To fix connection errors you have options as detailed in these videos.

For non website owners using Windows 10 or Windows 7 Operating System
For Website Owners More Details Here

You can also try these: remove the https from the URL and revisit same website with just http:// and see if the your connection is not private or secure error message is gone. If not, read on to better understand why you may be seeing this error or if it has something to do with the external site.

In essence that’s why your connection is not secure message is provided to website visitors to inform them of this. Its a security measure to keep the WWW safer.

https: uses SSL certificate for validation and encryption. SSL () is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and your web browser.

When Google Chrome connects to a secure website, the URL begins with https:// and chrome browser must verify that the certificate presented by the website is valid and that the encryption is strong enough to adequately protect your privacy. If the certificate cannot be validated, Google Chrome browser will stop the connection to the website and instead show a page with not secure warning.

If you are operating a website that is has not got SSL installed, then, as of October 2017, Google Chrome will soon mark ALL non-secure pages as in the URL bar.

Internet browser shows a screenshot image for SSL warning
Internet browser shows a screenshot image for SSL warning

As far as Microsoft Edge not private Message, it is already showing this error warning for web pages that is not even using password or credit card input fields.

What to Do When You See HTTPS Not Secure Message

Whether you are using and getting not secure warnings when visiting a particular website, or whether you are using any other internet browser, try these 4 options:

  1. Ignore the error message and proceed to the website (not recommended in most cases unless you know that the website in question is safe).
  2. Clear your browser cache
  3. Double check to ensure your OS date time settings are correct
  4. Or, as the website owner who has control of the website’s web hosting, . Basically, the only person who can fix this for good is the website administrator of the website.

If the above didn’t fix this issue comment on this page and let’s get it worked out for your Chrome Browser to be safer.

Installing SSL and Fixing https not Secure Message in Chrome Website Owner Edition

Now that you want to make sure that you do not lose website conversions for your eCommerce online store (because its not smart to let your visitors see that red warning message, or else most of them will not buy anything from your website).

The easiest way is to get your web hosting company to install SSL Certificate for your domain name for a small yearly fee. If you are using one of the modern web hosting providers such as , Hostgator, Crazy Domains or inmotion web hosting services simply shop for SSL certificates (standard SSL will be the cheapest option and its good enough if you’re managing a single site)

Some modern web hosting companies such as DreamHost and has  (Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority.) SSL pre-built in to their services and Dashboard, and the is also straight forward. Here’s a

When Setting Up SSL

Check the installation by using a different browser, simply visit your site: if you are able to view your site with this version of URL, then SSL is ready.

Then, login to WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Change Site Address to match (if you are not able to do that, then, edit wp-config.php and insert


Update .htaccess file, to reflect

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

Update robots.txt file sitemap URL to reflect the new URL


Re-edit each URL on your website and change any URL patterns within Page/Posts/Products to make sure that all internal linking within Page/Posts/Products pages are using the new URL pattern this also includes images within pages/posts/products. If your website is large and is using WordPress, check out some plugins like  (make sure to backup everything first)

Once this is complete, add new property to Google Search Console (do NOT delete the old property which is

Add site XML sitemap to Google Search Console under the new property being

Allow couple of weeks to re-check Google Search Console and it should at that stage be showing data for your HTTPS version of your new site.

Video Showing How to Move HTTP to HTTPS WordPress

These are the procedures for adding SSL correctly and still maintain Google rankings as well as provide a more secure website to your visitors.

Author: RankYa

RankYa: Online Entrepreneur, Qualified Web Developer, Google AdWords and Google Analytics Certified Professional. Specialist in: SEO, Website Optimization, WordPress, Structured Data, JSON-LD, Microdata, Microformats, RDF, Vocabulary, HTML5, Advanced Image Optimization, Google Search Console, Google Webmaster Guidelines, Social Media Marketing, Facebook marketing and YouTube video ranking.

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