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Why does something as simple as the date on my computer being wrong cause firefox to not allow me to open any websites?

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I saw others have this problem a few times...and people are trying to have them do all kinds of stuff to fix it. This is one of my errors:

This Connection is Untrusted

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.facebook.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.

Does that for everything. And sometimes it has a double confirmation to go to the site anyway. Other times it will not let you go to a site no matter what.

So I came here and I realized what it was on my own after reading some complicated fixes people suggested to others who posted this problem.

Look at the date...not on your phone...on the computer with the problem.

So you guys may wanna make part of the warning message mention to make sure the date is correct on your computer. Also you would think a program connected to the internet with access to the correct time would not go by the computers clock. Or maybe you should make it verify the date online when this error occurs so the error message could tell the user what's wrong...or at least let him go to a website. Or maybe not even scare the user with a totally bogus security warning.

I saw others have this problem a few times...and people are trying to have them do all kinds of stuff to fix it. This is one of my errors: This Connection is Untrusted You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.facebook.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure. Does that for everything. And sometimes it has a double confirmation to go to the site anyway. Other times it will not let you go to a site no matter what. So I came here and I realized what it was on my own after reading some complicated fixes people suggested to others who posted this problem. Look at the date...not on your phone...on the computer with the problem. So you guys may wanna make part of the warning message mention to make sure the date is correct on your computer. Also you would think a program connected to the internet with access to the correct time would not go by the computers clock. Or maybe you should make it verify the date online when this error occurs so the error message could tell the user what's wrong...or at least let him go to a website. Or maybe not even scare the user with a totally bogus security warning.

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each certificate has an issued date and an expiry date...

you can check that yourself, for example on this page, by clicking on the lock on the top left of the address bar > more information > security > view certificate.

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Pamela 3 solutions 54 answers

You are having this problem because of the certificate date in Firefox. All certificates have an expiry date. So the certificate automatically check with your computer system date to see if it has not expired.

So if you verify your certificate date and match it with your computer system date, it may be that it is seeing as expired.

However if you change the computer system date to the proper date, this problem will not happen.

Moreover if your computer date is not the exact date, it means you cmos battery has to changed.

You are having this problem because of the certificate date in Firefox. All certificates have an expiry date. So the certificate automatically check with your computer system date to see if it has not expired. So if you verify your certificate date and match it with your computer system date, it may be that it is seeing as expired. However if you change the computer system date to the proper date, this problem will not happen. Moreover if your computer date is not the exact date, it means you cmos battery has to changed.

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I know I said I figured it out it's just stupid and I wanted others to see the easy solution. So my computers date was 2009 and a current 2014 security certificate was ruled unsafe by firefox. That's logic for ya. Maybe only consider the cert expired when it's PAST the expiration date. You know like read the definition of expired. I think they have it backwards.

I know I said I figured it out it's just stupid and I wanted others to see the easy solution. So my computers date was 2009 and a current 2014 security certificate was ruled unsafe by firefox. That's logic for ya. Maybe only consider the cert expired when it's PAST the expiration date. You know like read the definition of expired. I think they have it backwards.
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Chosen Solution

each certificate has an issued date and an expiry date...

you can check that yourself, for example on this page, by clicking on the lock on the top left of the address bar > more information > security > view certificate.

each certificate has an issued date and an expiry date... you can check that yourself, for example on this page, by clicking on the lock on the top left of the address bar > ''more information > security > view certificate''.