Certificate errors: FAQ

Occasionally you'll get an error message telling you there's a problem with a website's security certificate. A site's certificate allows Internet Explorer to establish a secure connection with the site. Certificate errors occur when there's a problem with a certificate or a web server's use of the certificate. Internet Explorer helps keep your information more secure by warning about certificate errors.

What do certificate errors mean?
Is it ever safe to ignore a certificate error?
Can I go to a site even if I get a certificate error?
Can I turn off certificate errors?


Article ID: 17430 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 20

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Internet Explorer