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Symantec Certificates Are Being Disowned
Often times we hear about the difficulties of breaking ground in the online business world, just another drop in the cyber sea. With so many innovative and entrepreneurial minds in the world who have already started their own businesses and websites, how would your make a dent?
Well sadly this might be the case even more so now. The popular web browsing programs Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have both been updated recently and both include a change in their interactions with Symantec’s web certificates. Chrome 70 and Firefox 63 are the newest updates and both are disowning Symantec’s web certificates.
What Are Web Certificates?
Web certificates provide a few important implementations to your website. HTTPS provided by the web certification, is essential in keeping your website specific to yourself. Without HTTPS someone could mozy along and copy a website they saw was doing well, and create something indistinguishable from the original and implement some kind of malicious content or booby-traps within the links.
However when HTTPS is at full strength, your browser receives a signed certification up-front letting you know this website is A-OK and everyone listed as associates and cooperatives are, indeed true.
Both Chrome and Firefox have used Symantec certificates for many years, so why is this changing now? Back in 2017 Symantec had sold it’s web certification business to DigiCert and since then, Digicert has been attempting to reach all the locations that still use Symantec certifications to update the certifications and prevent total shunning by major corporations or potential business.
If a website still uses an expired certificate, or certificate of a company no longer in service, it is seen as a dangerous site and an illegitimate location, which is the reason there is worry about the web browser certification acceptance updates. Google and Mozilla wan’t to ensure users know of the potential danger that lay ahead in websites with old certificates. The caveat is that not everyone may know that their certificates are invalid or seen as dangerous now, because it’s not necessarily something that has been seen as a high-priority.
How Would This Affect Me And My Business?
Essentially if your a business owner and have a website that is flagged by Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as “unsafe” then your business starts to suddenly become at risk of a future. Numbers may drop and legitimacy of the site is questioned. As if it wasn’t hard enough to make a presence online, now there is this certification wall.
Something to look out for when checking your certificate is subsidiary brands of Symantec that also were signing off on web certifications, as these are also to be considered “shunned” by Chrome and Firefox. These subsidiary brands would be Thawte, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL.
The Good News
Those who were using Symantec certifications can update their certifications for free by contacting DigiCert, who is currently responsible for updating the expired or old certifications.
If you choose to forego the renewal of your certificate, your online traffic will drop like a meteor from the sky….fast. While you don’t need to renew the certificate with DigiCert specifically, you could always opt for a different certification provider depending on your preferences, and that would still put you back on Chrome and Firefox’s nice list.
The time it takes to update a certificate will be similar to renewing a library card, very fast and easy and well worth the effort.
Avoid the stress from invalid certifications, update and elevate your business!
Update your certificates that are old products of Symantec and save yourself and business some major trouble!
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