The default browser of Windows called Microsoft Edge is quite new and sometimes, an error occurs like the Can’t connect securely to this page error message. To fix this issue, here are some fixes that you can try. Go try the first one and then move to another if the first one is not helping in fixing the issue that you are currently facing.
Fix 1: Accept the old TLS encryption settings (1.0, 1.1, and 1.2)
Before anything, you will need to accept the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption settings in your Windows. There is also a possibility that the website that you are trying to access uses the TLs 1.2 encryption and you do not have it enabled in your Windows. In this case, all that you have to do is to check the TLS 1.2 in your Internet Options settings in Windows. It is really easy to do.
First of all, you will have to click on Start Menu and then type Internet Options and open Internet Options. Then, head to the Advanced Tab in it and check the TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2 checkboxes in the settings section of it. Aside from that, do not forget to uncheck the Use SSL 3.0 as it has been known as the cause of the issues and may make things worse instead. Lastly, click OK to apply the changes and then check your browser again.
Fix 2: Enable display mixed content in the Internet Security Settings
The second method that you can try is to make the display of the mixed content HTTP along with HTTPS in the Windows Internet Security Settings enabled. As stated before, websites that are using HTTPS and having HTTP content in it too will have issues in working as both of them are really different methods of communication. Therefore, for those who are visiting the websites that use HTTP along with HTTPS, you need to enable the display mixed content opinion, otherwise, they will not load well.
In order to do that, the first thing that you will have to do is to type Internet Options in the Start menu. Then, head over to the Security Tab. The next thing is to select the Internet or the globe icon and click Custom level. Doing so will open a new window with the Security Settings options in it. You will need to scroll down until you see the text Display Mixed Content. Once you have found it, check the option Enable below it. The last thing that you have to do is to click OK in order to exit out of this window and OK again to exit the Internet Options.
Fix 3: Resetting the browser data and cache
If no one of the two ways above works, it is possible if there is a corrupt or unwanted data in your browser which is conflicting with the operations. The issue has been known with the Microsoft Edge for quite a while and it is usually fixed after clearing the data in it. Please keep in mind that this way will erase all your bookmarks, history, and the other preferences stored in your browser so make sure that you back them up before using this method.
Firstly, open the Microsoft Edge in your browser and once you are inside, click on the three horizontal dots located at the top right side of the screen. Next, click on Settings and after navigating to the Clear browsing data section, do not forget to clear all cache and the other data. In the end, save changes, exit, and then restart your computer and check if the issue is fixed for good.
Fix 4: Changing the DNS address
DNS or Domain Name System is considered as one of the major components in communicating over the Internet. This one resolves the name addressed into the IP addresses and then forward the request. DNS addresses are normally set to default that is linked to the address that is set to the default address of your ISP. You need to change your DNS address to the address of Google and then check if the error message is still there. If it does not show up again, you are able to keep the DNS of Google. This one is just as fast as the normal servers and has almost 100% up-time.
Microsoft Edge is the name of an advanced browser that has better functionality compared to the Internet Explorer which it replaced in Windows 10. Internet Explorer still exists in today’s Windows 10 but Microsoft Edge is now the default browser. This one has been around for quite some time now and it keeps getting better and better with each update issued for it. Unfortunately, it has a few issues, one of them known as Can’t connect securely to this page error message while you are trying to connect to an HTTPS website. The error is mostly due to the TLS encryption settings, even though it is not always it. There are several other reasons that cause it.
What are the causes of the Microsoft Edge to give the Can’t connect securely to this page error message? When a browser tries to connect to a website with HTTPS, it relies on the TLS handshakes between the browser and the server. unlike HTTP, HTTPS is a secure form of communication between the web server and the browser since all the data that flows through it is encrypted and cannot be read by the others.
- There are some possible causes of the error, here are they:
- Website having mixed HTTP and HTTPS content
- Disabled TLs version 1.2 in the Microsoft Windows
- Different version of TLS encryption used in the Microsoft Edge
- The administrator has disabled the weak MD5/3DES encryption algorithms
If you are currently facing one of the issues mentioned above, please try these fixes explained above.
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