Forum Question: Does the Internet Need the Clock Set Correctly?

I was wondering would you please tell me: it is a fact that if your computers clock is set on the wrong time and date, the computer will have trouble connecting to the internet?

If it is a fact, would you please explain to me in a easy way that I can understand: why would it?

Comments: 3 Responses to “Does the Internet Need the Clock Set Correctly?”

    2/14/17 @ 9:38 pm

    Yes, you should have your clock set correctly for all sorts of reasons. Why wouldn’t you have it set right?
    One reason it would cause an issue is that websites have security certificates. This is what indicates that a site is secure (https instead of http). These certificates have start and expiration dates. So if your clock is wrong, then the site’s certificate may look like it has expired. It depends on a lot of factors, and your browser and the site and other things. But the bottom line is just set your clock right, or have it set to set itself automatically in System Preferences.

    Douglas Brace
    2/15/17 @ 6:50 am

    Gary, do you have a preferred clock server that you use?

    2/15/17 @ 9:13 am

    Just use the default Apple one.

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