What to Do About Expired Security Certificates on Home Computers

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When browsing the Internet, you notice that most websites come up as having an expired security certificate. This may not be issues with the site you are trying to visit, but with settings in your computer. If the following guide does not solve your issue with expired security certificates, then you will have either have to trust the site and move forward with what you intended to do, or leave the site and wait for the company to update its security certificate.

Update the system clock

  • Double-click on the time clock in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Check the date and make sure that it is correct. If not, change the date and time to the correct setting by choosing the correct month and year from the drop-down menus and then choose the day on the calendar. Click OK. This will cause your computer to recognize the correct security certificates and you should not have any issues opening web pages.

Change browsers

  • If you are running into the issue when using one Internet browser, try opening the site in a different one. Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari are examples of Internet browsers. They all work in different ways, and certificates that are blocked on one may not be blocked on another.

Determine if the Website is trustworthy

  • In some cases, a site's security certificate will expire. It is up to the company that runs the site to update it. The only way for you to bypass the warning is to choose to trust the site and continue. If you do not believe that the site is trustworthy, it is better to exit rather than proceed to pass information through it.

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