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Can’t verify identity of server

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by michellefaul, May 17, 2019.

  1. michellefaul

    michellefaul Thread Starter

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    Greetings,
    I cannot reach websites or refresh my gmail account on a MacBook Air using Safari and Mail.
    In attempting to troubleshoot online, this appears to be a problem with my network settings.
    There’s no problem with my internet since I’m connecting using an iPad and iPhone.
    When I try to get new mail in the MacBook I get a message saying “Mail can’t verify the identity of the server imap.gmail.com.”
    In Safari, no matter which website I attempt to open, I get a notice that the connection is not private and a website maybe trying to impersonate the site to steal personal information, or that Safari can not connect to the server.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thank you, Michelle
     

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  2. lunarlander

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    Check system Time and Date is correct.
    Sites sign themselves with certificates. And certificates has a 'valid from date' and a 'valid to date' . If your Mac's date and time is incorrect, then these certificates will fail.
     
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  3. michellefaul

    michellefaul Thread Starter

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    You are fantastic! It worked immediately. I’d spent hours following complicated instructions found online about resetting DNS server etc. And I had an urgent work-related email to get off. I’m freelance so you saved my butt. Thank you, thank you, Lunarlander.
     
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