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How to prevent users override certificate errors on Microsoft Edge using GPO

In the management of an enterprise IT environment, ensuring secure web browsing is crucial. One aspect of this is managing how users interact with security warnings, especially those related to SSL/TLS certificate errors. System administrators can enforce security protocols by preventing users from overriding certificate errors in Microsoft Edge using Group Policy. This article provides a detailed guide tailored for system administrators on creating a Group Policy Object (GPO) to achieve this.

The Importance of SSL/TLS Certificate Validation

SSL/TLS certificates are critical for the security of web transactions, providing assurance that users are connecting to legitimate servers. When a certificate error occurs, it could indicate a potential security risk such as a man-in-the-middle attack. Allowing users to bypass these warnings can expose the network to significant vulnerabilities.


  • Administrative Rights: You must have administrative privileges in your Active Directory (AD) environment.
  • Group Policy Management Console (GPMC): Required to access and modify Group Policy Objects.
  • Edge Administrative Template: Ensure the latest Administrative Template for Microsoft Edge is imported into the Group Policy Editor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Open Group Policy Management Console

Launch GPMC by searching for “Group Policy Management” in the Start menu or by running gpmc.msc.

Step 2: Create or Edit a Group Policy Object
  • To create a new GPO, right-click on the domain or an Organizational Unit (OU) and select “Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here…”.
  • To modify an existing GPO, locate it under the appropriate domain or OU, right-click it, and choose “Edit”.
Step 3: Navigate to Microsoft Edge Settings

In the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to: User ConfigurationPoliciesAdministrative TemplatesMicrosoft Edge.

Step 4: Locate the Certificate Error Override Setting
  • Find the policy setting “Prevent bypassing certificate error overrides” or a similarly named setting under Microsoft Edge policies.
  • This setting may be located under a subcategory such as “Security”.
Step 5: Enable the Policy
  • Set the policy to “Enabled”.
  • Enabling this policy will prevent users from bypassing the SSL error page when a website’s security certificate is not trusted.
Step 6: Apply and Enforce the GPO
  • Click “OK” or “Apply” to save the changes.
  • Link the GPO to the appropriate OU.
  • The policy will be applied at the next Group Policy refresh cycle, or you can force immediate application by running gpupdate /force on client machines.

Advanced Configuration and Use Cases

  1. High-Security Environments: In sectors like finance or healthcare where data security is paramount, enforcing this policy is crucial to prevent data breaches.
  2. Compliance and Auditing: For industries that require strict adherence to security protocols, this GPO helps maintain compliance with security standards.
  3. Custom Policies for Different User Groups: Implement stricter policies for users with access to sensitive data, while maintaining standard policies for others.

Security Considerations

  • Balancing Security and Usability: Ensure that this policy does not hinder legitimate business activities. Provide alternative solutions or guidance for situations where users encounter certificate errors on trusted sites.
  • User Education: Educate users about the importance of certificate errors and the risks associated with overriding them.
  • Policy Monitoring and Review: Regularly monitor the effectiveness of the policy and review it to ensure it aligns with the latest security practices and organizational needs.


  • Issues with Legitimate Websites: If users encounter certificate errors on legitimate websites, work with the IT security team to investigate and resolve the issue.
  • Policy Application Problems: Use the gpresult tool or Group Policy Results in GPMC to troubleshoot any issues with the application of the GPO.


Implementing a GPO to prevent users from overriding certificate errors in Microsoft Edge is a vital security measure for safeguarding enterprise networks. This guide provides the necessary steps for system administrators to enforce stringent web browsing security protocols, thereby enhancing the overall cybersecurity posture of their organization.

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