Why Safari Can’t Establish a Secure Connection with Facebook?

Safari is a native macOS browser, which is only compatible with Apple devices. Once a Mac owner becomes accustomed to using Safari, it often becomes their second nature. Compared to the majority of browsers, it is easy to use. Given that Safari syncs between Apple devices, its users can quickly switch from browsing a page on an iPad to viewing it on a MacBook. Pristine design and strong security make the browser a go-to option for many Mac users. Even though the browser inspires nothing less than respect and admiration, sometimes it acts flaky, thereby defeating its primary purpose, which is to provide the sublime user experience.

Some users have reported the inability to access Facebook via Safari because the browser “can’t establish a secure connection to the server.” Due to the need to regularly check the social networking website, the issue becomes extremely bothersome. What’s even more grotesque is that other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox have no problems connecting to Facebook.

This piece will provide Mac owners with the solution to the Safari-Facebook connectivity issue.

Where to Begin

Taking into consideration the fact that Facebook can be accessed with the help of other browsers, the issue is grounded in Safari itself. To resolve the problem, it is necessary to single out its source. Those who have encountered the issue report trying several solutions to no avail. Nonetheless, it might be useful to go through such fixes one by one. The most likely fixes are resetting the browser, disabling parental controls and plug-ins, changing system clock to automatic updates, changing a DNS, and reinstalling network settings. If after trying these solutions, a user is unable to connect to Facebook, it’s time to consider other ways out.

Other Solutions to the Connectivity Problem

There are two other solutions that should be considered when the browser doesn’t work as it should and refuses to load Facebook or any other website. For starters, it is necessary to remove all website data. By doing so, it is possible to not only to combat the issue but also reduce website tracking. The website content stored on a Mac may include a browsing history and information provided by a user.

To remove website data:

  1. Launch the browser;
  2. From the Safari menu, select Preferences;
  3. Go to the Privacy tab;

safari privacy settings

  1. Use the Remove All Website Data button to get rid of the stored data collected from all websites or go through the steps six to eight to remove only Facebook data;

remove website data

  1. Confirm the action by clicking Remove Now button (Note that the deletion of the website data may change the way it functions);
  2. Use the Details button to remove data gathered by Facebook;
  3. Find Facebook from the list of websites and used the Remove button to delete stored data;
  4. Click the Done

Another solution is to remove Safari cache. To this end:

  1. Quit the browser;
  2. Open the Finder and select the Go option;
  3. Then choose Go to Folder option;
  4. Type the following verbatim: ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db
  5. Press the Return key;
  6. Find the db file and delete it by dragging it to the Trash;
  7. Relaunch the browser.
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