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FIX for: "Safari can't verify the identity of the website" - certificate not valid

62520 Views 102 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2014 10:58 AM by David Utts RSS
  • mozm97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I do have the same problem, tried everithing you've (and the links you've given) mentioned to do with no success. If I understand you LATEST UPDATE, I don't have to worry because the problem will be fixed by the hosting service Akamai Network. Is that correct?

  • mozm97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot. Let's see how long it'll take, hoping it WILL work. :-)

  • mozm97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Shouls I in any case install a AntiVirus as you said? This will not affect other performances of the mac?

  • Micheal LeVine Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    I still don't get it.  Why do these notifications of unverified certificates pop up when I am not using Safari?

    Who (what?) is trying to access this web site when I am not even in front of the computer?


    I still suspect that malware is involved.


  • Micheal LeVine Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    I am only talking about one device, an iMac running OS 10.7.5 and Safari Version 6.0.1 (7536.26.14).


    Today I came home to find approx. 8 little popup windows floating in front of my Safari window, that had been idle for almost 24 hours, but something had tried to access whatever web sites are authenticated by this URL.


    It was not me, and my pets are locked in another room while nobody is home, and, furthermore, they cannot type or read...


    If I got these popup notifications in response to clicks I made while using Safari, I might understand.  Unless you think these notifications can come 18 hours after clicking on a web site...

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)

    canucksgirl01 wrote:


    Installing Anti Virus software is an added level of security (the Apple updates are generally pushed after threats are found, but AV software deals with them asap).

    Actually, that has not been true recently. I suspect that Apple has finally been able to collaborate on gathering samples at the same level as the A-V software vendors as their updates are now equal to and in a couple of cases, better with regard to timeliness. Lets hope they can keep this up.


    Some A-V software claim to be able to catch malware by monitoring unusual behavior, but I've only observed this personally once in the spring when Little Snitch caught a new variant of Flashback and it took two or three days before any signatures were provided and even longer for Apple to patch Java to prevent it.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)

    Micheal LeVine wrote:


    Today I came home to find approx. 8 little popup windows floating in front of my Safari window, that had been idle for almost 24 hours, but something had tried to access whatever web sites are authenticated by this URL.

    Many web pages automatically update themselves periodically (Facebook being one of them) with no mouse clicks or page refreshing necessary on the users part. This will always happen as long as the computer is awake and the browser is running with that web site displayed.

  • mightymilk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I am so tired of this Error, it's made me completely stop visiting websites that use Akamai.  Wish there was a NoScript Equivalent for Safari... I would block this, Facebook, and never look back.

  • S. G. Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I solved the problem by downloading and reinstalling the combo update for OS X (it keeps all your settings), and clearing various system and user caches with the free program Onyx. I hope that works for you.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)

    The root cause of this issue was resolved several weeks ago, so there is either residual information in a cache, a corrupt file or incorrect permissions involved. Try the combo update, repair permissions and Reset Safari. Have you tried all the suggestions from others in this thread?

  • MsVanessa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I have been encountering these errors on my computer for the past few months and it is a beyond frustrating experience.  Some nights my internet is a complete write off because I am unable to access sites I regularly visit.  Not to mention my Mac seems very slow to load pages. Sometimes it isn't even able to load pictures on popluar sites (ex. Facebook).  I wish this problem was at least isolated to my MacBook Pro however my iPad2 has recently caught the same "virus"/error messages with popular websites.


    I have taken my Mac to a local Apple store and despite the Genius Bar being friendly, they were unfortunately of little help. They used their time emptying caches from what they had told me.  After visiting the Genius Bar that day, I thought it had been repaired however a few hours later static.ak errors continued to suffocate any online access I had.


    I have tried to go into my Keychain access but I am unable to find "Keychain First Aid."


    I feel very trapped in a place where I am unable to find anyone who can fix this error (occurring in both my MacBook Pro and iPad).


    Can you please explain how I am able to see Keychain First Aid in Keychain access?  Also, is this problem also causing my Mac to be slow in loading websites?  It seems this problem has become a lot worse from when I first noticed it.


    Thanks so much for taking the time to help people in this message.

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