I keep getting scary messages. Are they a problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by oxband, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I recently moved into a house and have been using the wireless. Usually every day at some point I cannot sign into Facebook or gmail and I get a message like this:

    "Something is currently interfering with your secure connection to www.google.com.

    Try to reload this page in a few minutes or after switching to a new network. If you have recently connected to a new Wi-Fi network, finish logging in before reloading."

    My roommate in charge of wireless says it always happens and it's nothing to worry about. Is he wrong? Should we reset our password or something else or is it nothing to worry about?
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I have never seen a message like that anywhere, so I would be worried...
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Does this happen when you try to go to any https site, or just Google and Facebook?

    If it happens with every SSL connection, you might have an incorrect system clock, which will make the browser think the SSL certificates it receives from the server are invalid. This can happen if your computer has no power for some time.

    If it only happens with one or two sites, check the security certificate fingerprints for the respective sites and post it here. If someone was trying to intercept your connection and eavesdrop, they would be using their own security certificate and the fingerprint would be different from the real Facebook or Google cert.

    edit: If it happens with every computer on the network, then you could try updating the router firmware and rebooting it.
  4. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    My wife was seeing that with Facebook this morning on her PC - although I could connect fine - and she had no problem with any other sites. She finally rebooted and then it was fine.....weird.
  5. oxband thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    It doesn't happen with every SSL connection.

    How do you check the security certificate fingerprints? I checked this on google but it wasn't entirely clear to me. Is this something I should do the next time I get one of those odd messages?
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've never seen that message, but in my opinion it doesn't "read" like an Apple one. Which browser are you using, and are you able to post a screenshot of the message?
  7. oxband thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009

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