Safari "warning"

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Farley, May 22, 2011.

  1. Farley macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Here's a strange one:
    For the past week every time I log into via SAFARI the following message “drops down” -

    Safari can't verify the identity of the website The certificate for this website was signed by an unknown certifying authority.

    The Safari message goes on to warn me about serious consequences – the normal such warning from Safari.

    My situation is as follows:
    1)I have nothing to do with
    2)I called Verizon and they know nothng about it and think it's Safari's problem.
    3)When I use Firefox to log into I do NOT get that message.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Can anyone else try logging into using Safari and let me know their results. Does anyone know what this is caused by?
    Thanks to all.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    Wipe out your cookies and Safari caches.

    You probably have a cookie or a script somewhere that is triggering it.

  4. mari2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2011
    Safari warning on Verizon Wireless website connect

    I have had the same problem logging into in Safari. I have Reset Safari which included clearing cookies and the cache and everything else, also cleared cookies and cleared cache. I called Apple and they had me do it again, also reset my computer several times. Nothing helps.

    I continue to get the same message you got "cannot verify the identity of the website "" - signed by an unknown certifying authority. Yes it appears to be tracking some info (looking at the BlueKai website) and Apple thinks it's from an ad, maybe accidentally clicked on. However it only happens at Verizon website. I called Verizon and they said they didn't have any other complaints. Now I see it here. Both Apple and Verizon said, don't worry, it's secure. I'm not comfortable with that.

    Any other ideas out there?
    What type of internet connection are you using? ethernet? wireless? other?
    Secure with password?
    This does not happen on my grandson's computer which is also a MacBook Pro.
  5. Farley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Safari warning

    Good news and bad news.

    Good news: I don't feel like the problem is with me or my computer since someone else has it too (sorry mari2).
    Bad news: I personally don't have any ideas.

    For the record I have a mini-mac which has been working pretty darn well for about 2.5 years; am connected to the internet via Time Warner Road Runner and other than the exorbitant monthly fee, also works pretty well. I do not have a password since I am the only one with access to the computer - athough there is a password to that site when I pay my verizon telephone bill.

    I have tried to contact the BlueKai people without success. Perhaps someone else can succeed and solve this mystery.

    On 2nd thought I do have an idea... I just opened the verizon site and of course the warning dropped down and this time I opened the certificate and a lot of (to me) mumble-jumble stuff appeared. I don't know nothin' bout them there computer stuff but perhaps someone who does can take a look at it and suggest a solution.

    Thanks for sharing.
  6. thaines, Aug 10, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011

    thaines macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Dashboard opens then jumps to Safari and

  7. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    never been to that website - am running Windows 7 - and just went to that website and it nearly hung my machine. Something real fishy with that website.

    On another note: who knows for certain that the Chinese are not behind this - I have had some more strange things happening recently - some time ago I read some news article that the Chinese now posses the ability to shut totally a country's internet down. It has also been reported that at times network traffic is totally routed through China (some hijacking) so who knows what they are injecting into the network traffic?

    So Verizon and Apple may be totally correct in that it has nothing to do with them. The internet is becoming inherently unstable unlike the early days when it was mainly email and www hardly existed.

    And yet people seem to trust iCloud and other web backup facilities?
  8. himynameis macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    Have you tried running Safari with plugins disabled? If the issue isn't resolved by resetting Safari, it's probably something that's running *in* Safari.
  9. thaines macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    still no luck

    Tried plugins disabled and still the same issue.
  10. Fastcast macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    Running Firefox 5.0.1 and getting no such warning on log in. Site is secure and page info looks normal.
  11. himynameis macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    Can you post a screenshot of the message? Usually certificate errors are able to be cleared by selecting "always trust" after you click one of the disclosure triangles.

    May not solve the actual problem, but it could potentially keep the warning away?
  12. Farley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008

    Well not actually "solved" but the problem has disappeared. I did nothing to it and then one day quite recently I suddenly realized that I was no longer getting the warning message. I only wish that all of our problems should be "solved" like that.

    Thanks to one and all who had suggestions and offered their help in solving this mystery -- which when you think about it, remains a mystery.
  13. porkchopwes1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2011
    well you better comeback with some freakin' identity :D
  14. hoppybounce macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2014
    Is this still a problem

    Hi, I've been to the consumer opt out page and completed the opt out. I also reset Safari before it went away.
  15. Farley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008

    Hadn't thought about it for almost exactly 3 years until I got your message. Good luck.

    It is nice that MacRumors keeps issues alive that long - just in case.:)
  16. Piquehere2 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2015

    Geez, That freakin' popup came up as soon as I got to this thread. I give up. WHAT IS IT! It's been going on for weeks! How long did you have it? Maybe time was up. ha yeah sure.
  17. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Just FYI, you’re responding to a thread that’s 7 years old and to a member that hasn’t been active in over a year. I realize you probably just stumbled in here from a Google search; I just thought you should know. Best of luck.

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