Microsoft Edge is one of the popular web browsers. It offers users a safe and secure web browsing experience. With every update, Microsoft tries to make Edge better than before. While surfing the internet, some users have encountered the “Can’t connect securely to this page” error message. According to them, Edge displays this error message on some particular websites. The error can occur on any website, even if the website uses the HTTPS protocol. In this article, we have explained some troubleshooting tips that may help you fix this problem on Microsoft Edge.
The complete error message is as follows:
Can’t connect securely to this page
This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. If this keeps happening, try contacting the website’s owner.
According to the error message, the error occurs because the website is using outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. Apart from that, there are other causes too that can trigger this error in Edge. You may experience this issue if the website you are trying to visit uses a different TLS version and Microsoft Edge uses a different TLS version on your system. For example, if a website uses TLS version 1.2 and you have disabled that TLS version on your computer, you may experience this error in Edge.
Can’t connect securely to this page on Microsoft Edge
You will get this error if the website that you are trying to visit is banned in your country. In this case, you can do nothing. If this is not the case, you can try the following fixes to get rid of this problem:
- Check for Windows Update
- Check and configure your system’s TLS settings
- Disable your antivirus temporarily
- Temporarily Turn off Windows Defender SmartScreen
- Add the website as a trusted website in Internet Options settings
- Turn on the Display Mixed Content option
- Update your Network drivers
Let’s see all these troubleshooting methods in detail.
1] Check for Windows Update
According to some users, the issue disappeared after installing the latest Windows Update. You can check if there is an update available. If yes, update your system and then check if it helps. You can install the latest updates on your system by opening the Windows Update page in Windows 11/10 Settings.
2] Check and configure your system’s TLS settings
As we have explained earlier in this article, the main cause of this issue is the incorrect TLS settings of your system. You can check this by following the below-listed steps:
- Press Win + R keys to launch the Run command box.
- Type inetcpl.cpl and click OK. This will open the Internet Options window.
- Select the General tab.
- Enable the following options:
- Use TLS 1.0
- Use TLS 1.1
- Use TLS 1.2
- Use TLS 1.3
- Disable the Use SSL 3.0 option.
- Click Apply and then OK.
- Now, launch Microsoft Edge and check if the issue disappears.
In the above steps, we have suggested you disable SSL 3.0. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a security protocol that is used by websites to encrypt data over the internet. TLS has replaced the SSL and is considered more secure than SSL. Moreover, Google has identified several critical flaws in SSL version 3.0 that can make the websites using SSL 3.0 prone to the POODLE attack. This is the reason why many websites are not using SSL version 3.0 today.
If you have enabled the SSL 3.0 in your Internet Options settings, it will generate a conflict between your web browser and the websites that have disabled the SSL 3.0, due to which you may experience the “Can’t Connect Securely to this page” error on Microsoft Edge.
3] Disable your antivirus temporarily
It might be possible that your antivirus is blocking the website that you are trying to visit. To check this, you can disable your antivirus temporarily and then visit that website. If this fixes your problem, you can exclude that website from your antivirus settings.
4] Temporarily Turn off Windows Defender SmartScreen
Windows Defender SmartScreen helps protect your device from malicious websites, apps, and files. Sometimes, it blocks some trusted websites due to a false positive. This might be the case with you. You can disable Windows Defender SmartScreen in the Edge browser and check if it fixes your problem.
5] Add the website as a trusted website in Internet Options settings
Another effective solution to fix this problem is to add the website as a trusted website in Internet Options settings. The steps to do this are as follows:
- Launch the Run command box by pressing Win + R keys.
- Type inetcpl.cpl and click OK. The Internet Options window will appear on your screen.
- Select the Security tab.
- Now, select the Trusted sites and then click on the Sites button.
- Copy the URL of the website that you want to visit and paste it into the “Add this website to the zone” field.
- Click Close.
- Now, click Apply and then OK.
6] Turn on the Display Mixed Content option
Enabling the Mixed Content option in Internet Options settings may also help you fix the error. The steps to do this are provided below:
- Click on Windows Search and type Internet Options. Select the Internet Options app from the search results.
- Select the Security tab in the Internet Options window.
- Click on the Custom level button.
- Scroll down and find the Display mixed content option.
- Once you find it, click Enable.
- Click OK.
- Click Apply and then OK.
7] Update your Network driver
If the problem still persists, your Network driver might be corrupted or outdated. In this case, updating the Network driver can fix the problem. You can use any one of the following methods to update your Network driver:
- WIndows Optional Update feature
- From the manufacturer’s official website
- Via the driver update software
- From the Device Manager
How do I change security settings in Microsoft Edge?
To change the security settings in Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below:
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click on the three horizontal dots on the top right side.
- Select Settings.
- Select Privacy, search, and services from the left side.
- Now, change the privacy and security settings in Edge as per your requirements.
How do you fix a TLS problem?
You can fix a TLS problem on your web browser, by configuring the TLS settings in the Internet Options on your system. If this does not fix your problem, you can try other things, like temporarily disabling your antivirus, disabling the Windows Defender SmartScreen, etc.
Hope this helps.