The most common warning error related to network connections that are not secured properly is the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID.
It has to be mentioned though, that this cannot confirm that the site you are visiting is risky, rather the error might be related to your browsers or the Windows 10 system.
If the website doesn't have an updated SSL certificate or the validity of the certificate is not recognized by the browser then the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID is displayed on the screen to keep you safe.
Here, in this article, we will talk about the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error, its causes and fixes.
The NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID is an error related to the network connection which is also known as an SSL error. If the browsers do not verify the validity of the website's SSL certificate even then this error might be caused.
The websites that are most likely to run into the error are the ones that are not fully secured, haven't set up the certificate or use HTTP.
These are some of the possible causes of the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error:
Mostly you get the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID on Chrome but that doesn't mean that you cannot have it on other browsers. You might find numerous variations of the error on major browsers, but the fixes stated here will work for all the browsers.
Occasionally you might get the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error automatically as you reload the page after a couple of minutes.
Try reloading the page or opening the website in an incognito or private window, if you see that the error doesn't remain here then the error was probably due to the browser outdated cached version of the page.
The NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error is caused by the cache and cookies of your browser if you see that the page is loaded on the incognito or private window.
You can clear the cache and cookies here to fix the issue. Keep in mind that the way to clear cache and cookies would be different in different browsers.
You need to verify the date and time of your Windows computer as this is another reason that could cause the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error. The browser's skill to check the website's certificate can be compromised if the wrong date and time are set on the computer.
You can follow the given steps to update the date and time:
Make sure to select the Set time automatically option to prevent this problem in the future.
If you are using the Public network, then you may get the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
As the traffic wouldn't be routed securely by the Public network, you may get the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
Try accessing the data through your mobile data network if that is the issue and check if you get the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
You can also use a VPN and try it out.
Try to assign the DNS if you are still getting the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
Follow the steps to do so:
Then, check if the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error remains.
You have to clear your system's SSL state if the problem remains even after this.
The cached copies of certificates are kept by your browsers from websites so that they won't have to run through the complete verification process every time you access them.
And you might start getting this error if the SSL states or cache gets corrupted. Follow the given steps to fix the invalid certificate authority error in Windows:
Click on the button that shows Clear SSL state, then close the window, and then reload the website.
Sometimes, your antivirus or the VPN can be the reason for the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
In these situations try turning them off and restarting the computer.
Then check if the problem still remains.
If the SSL certificate was installed before the error appears, then something might have gone wrong in the setup process.
If you have installed the certificate manually, this might have happened because of that. So you need to check that the certificate is installed properly.
There are a few SSL check tools like Qualys SSL Labs that you can use. You just have to enter the domain where the error appears and click on Submit. Then as the results appear after a couple of minutes and you should get an A+ for a perfect score.
If you do not get the perfect score, scroll down and check whether your certificate is trusted or not in the list of certificates.
If not, just install the certificate from trusted sources.
Getting the SSL certificate from a trusted authority is very important as using a self-signed certificate can cause an invalid certificate authority error.
Look out for the trusted websites offering free certificates but this has to renew often whereas the premium certificates will give you more facilities like encryption for multiple domains, insurance etc.
You have to make sure that you get the SSL certificate from a trusted source.
And make sure that you keep renewing your certificate often if it requires renewal.
As we have mentioned in our other articles, you can use the PC Repair tool in case of most errors as it helps you fix BSOD, DLL and other errors on Windows 10.
So that was all about the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error.
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All the best!