Check if you will be impacted
According to media reports, as of September 30, that is, tomorrow, some Internet users may not be able to access the World Wide Web if they are using a certain type of device. To understand, Let’s Encrypt’s IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate will expire on September 30, which will impact some sections of Internet users around the world. Also Read – Mobile Internet Services Suspended in Parts of Haryana Due to Farmer Protest
Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit organization that issues certificates to encrypt connections between the Internet and your devices – mobiles, laptops, PCs, among others. Certification ensures that your data is safe on the internet and also prevents hackers from stealing or misusing it. Read also – Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney + Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered a massive outage
Anytime you head to a website that starts with HTTPS, it means the website is secure, all thanks to the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate. Since Let’s Encrypt has announced that it will stop using the old certificate as of September 30, check who will all be affected and what they need to do now. Read also – Safer Internet Day 2021: here’s how you can keep yourself safe online
Will you be impacted?
For the majority of Internet users, the expiration of the certificate may not change anything. But some users will be impacted. Computers and browsers that are not updated to the latest versions will no longer be able to use the Internet as of tomorrow, September 30.
According to a report from TechCrunch, the affected devices will be those that will not be updated regularly. Some of the devices include – built-in systems, designed not to get updates automatically, and smartphones that run on older software versions from years ago.
The report states that “Users running earlier versions of macOS 2016 and Windows XP (with Service Pack 3) are likely to experience issues, as well as customers who depend on OpenSSL 1.0.2 or earlier, and older PlayStation 4s that have not been upgraded to newer firmware.
What to do?
After the certificate expires, all Android devices running on versions prior to 7.1.1 will not be able to access the internet. As for iPhones, devices running on versions prior to iOS 10 will be impacted.
To make sure your device isn’t affected, check the version it’s running on and upgrade to the latest update today.