Site Talk forum: Google blocking the NGA site

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 13, 2017 6:03 PM CST
I just had an update from Windows 10 that messed up all the settings on my computer. So I went on Google as I always do to get on the iris forum. I immediately got the "your connection is not private" attackers might steal your information statement, and it makes you go back to safety. It also gave the following: NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID

Is it a site issue or has Microsoft messed up this too? I can get on via my phone. - Leslie
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 13, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Never mind, it is a combo of the update and then my wireless provider making firmware updates that block you from the internet until they are finished. Why it created error messages though is very strange.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jun 13, 2017 6:32 PM CST
So THAT'S why I kept getting those error messages! Good to know, Leslie. I thought I'd done something foolish. Big Grin
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 13, 2017 6:34 PM CST

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What a relief!! Smiling
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Australis
Jun 13, 2017 7:04 PM CST

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From your first message, Leslie, I'm making a guess that the update your received for Windows had something to do with the certificate store. Web sites use certificates to prove who that they are who they claim to be and that the connection is secure. The operating system (i.e. Windows) has a list of trusted certificate authorities, so when a website identifies itself using a certificate signed by a given authority, Windows will check it against its list and see if it recognises it. If it does, all well and good; if it doesn't you can get a number of different error messages.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 14, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Joshua - I agree. The error message was definitely about certificates, but I have never had a problem with this site's certificate before. Fortunately it has gotten worked out.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
Region: Australia Bookworm Cat Lover Lilies Orchids Irises
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Australis
Jun 14, 2017 5:24 PM CST

Plants Admin

I would suspect that if you had checked other websites signed by the same authority (which would have been a case of trial and error, since I am unaware of any public list of signed certificates) then you would have gotten the same error message, but it sounds like the Windows updates have been installed properly now.
Plant Authorities: Catalogue of Life (Species) --- International Cultivar Registration Authorities (Cultivars) --- RHS Orchid Register --- RHS Lilium Register
My Notes: Orchid Genera HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Traits HTML PDF --- Lilium Species Crosses HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Species Diagram
The current profile image is that of Iris 'Volcanic Glow'.
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
Region: Australia Bookworm Cat Lover Lilies Orchids Irises
Seed Starter Annuals Container Gardener Garden Photography Forum moderator
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Australis
Jun 14, 2017 5:27 PM CST

Plants Admin

Further thought: seeing as Philip is reporting similar issues on his phone (The thread "Danger. Danger. Mr. Ranger." in Site Talk forum), I wonder if instead it was Google Chrome's certificate store and that the browser itself was being updated. Were you using Chrome, Leslie?
Plant Authorities: Catalogue of Life (Species) --- International Cultivar Registration Authorities (Cultivars) --- RHS Orchid Register --- RHS Lilium Register
My Notes: Orchid Genera HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Traits HTML PDF --- Lilium Species Crosses HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Species Diagram
The current profile image is that of Iris 'Volcanic Glow'.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 16, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Yes, I was. My phone corrected right away, but I didn't get to fix the PC until after the firmware update.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 7, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Joshua : Maybe that is what it was.
I've still been useing chrome. The warnings have quit on my phone. Thank goodness.
I better go find some wood to knock on !!!
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