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Feb 17, 2007, 01:09 PM

my powerbook has started refusing to access a number of websites, instead displaying the message: safari can't open the page "..." because it couldn't establish a secure connection to the server "...".

any ideas? thanks! dana

Fleetwood Mac
Feb 17, 2007, 01:12 PM
Which websites? You can try clicking on the Safari menu (when launched), and then on Reset Safari. It could also be something wrong with the website.

Feb 17, 2007, 06:37 PM
no...the websites work--a bank, yahoo mail, etc. i can access them fine from my iMac.

Fleetwood Mac
Feb 18, 2007, 10:57 AM
Did you try to Safari Reset? Also, in Safari > Preferences > Security check to make sure accept cookies isn't set to never. If that both of those fail you could try creating a new account and seeing if the pages load in there.

Oct 24, 2007, 09:35 AM
I had this problem as well. Adding new root authority certificates from Thawte fixed the problem. Apple has documentation on how to do this here http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh2046.html

I added the root and server certificates that I downloaded from here

Feb 6, 2011, 06:44 AM
I can't even access any of the links below... same problem "Safari cannot establish a secure connection"

Feb 6, 2011, 06:27 PM
@Simplisticly: Is your computer's date and time set correctly? What version of Mac OS X and Safari do you have?

Apr 27, 2011, 12:21 PM
(P)arental (C)ontrols might be your problem.
Go on PC and click on COntent, then Customize.
Keep This window Open.

Now go on the website that safari cant securre a connection to, and find the i.P of that website. Copy the i.p


Finally, go back on Parental Controls paste the i.p of the website (instead of the url) and it should work.

Mar 2, 2014, 08:05 AM
I have this problem too. I live in Turkey and the problem - coincidentally or not - suddenly appeared a couple of days after the government introduced censorship.

Could it be connected? What does "couldn't establish a secure connection" actually mean?