Sunday, January 22, 2017

Security Issue In Google Chrome (Broken HTTPS Error) In Windows

Recently, a security problem has become a common thing with Chrome browser. Most especially, with people using old Windows Operating System like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1  and at times with those using Windows 10. If you are using unsupported Windows OS like XP with possible vulnerabilities it is time to start upgrading to any of those receiving updates and patches from Microsoft.  Above all, I recommend upgrading to Windows 10 for better experiences.

Image showing non-secure site error in Chrome browser

There are many causes of this security issue and the most prevalent ones are wrong date and time followed by expired trusted certificates(from the server authentication to trusted publishers). Simply clearing the cache or resetting Google Chrome may fix it. When it is a revocation of certificates you can add the sites you are getting the error message to 'Trusted sites' under 'Security' at the 'Internet Properties' dialog or update the certificates which require tentative procedure. In  rare situation doing those would be a waste of time. It is advisable to uninstall the old Chrome browser and install the latest. That is the best practical way in solving the problem.

Red arrows indicating how to add sites to trusted sites section in Chrome

If after downloading the latest Google Chrome and you are still having the same problem it is time to take a different approach in finding solutions - that is when this step-by-step information below becomes useful.

NB: Don't forget to scan your system for virus and malware. Remove bloatware and non-trusted extensions from Google Chrome.

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STEP 1: Click on 'Customize and control Google Chrome'(the three vertical dots at the top right-hand corner of your Chrome Browser) and select 'Settings' from the drop-down menu.

Red arrow pointing to Show advanced settings...

STEP 2: At 'Settings' click on ' Show advanced settings...' button to continue.

Red arrow pointing to Change proxy setting tab

STEP 3: Click on 'Change proxy settings...' button under 'Network' to continue.

Image showing red arrow pointing to Advanced tab

STEP 4: At the 'Internet Properties' dialog click on  'Advanced' tab.

Red arrows pointing to process

STEP 5:  Scroll down to 'Security' section and select all the boxes 'Use TLS 1.0, Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2'. Make sure the three of them are selected. Click on 'Apply' and 'OK' to close it.

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STEP 6: Click 'X' to close Google Chrome browser and reopen it.