SSL Certificates (Secure Socket Layers)

  • Do you have an SSL Certificate which expires after 31st December 2015?
  • Have you checked that your SSL Certificate has been upgraded from SHA1-SHA2?
  • Do you need an SSL Certificate?

SHA1-SHA2 are signature algorithm’s. This is an essential part of SSL security and is one of the basic things that makes an SSL certificates secure for different browsers, applications and software.

SHA-1 has been known to be considerably weaker that it was designed to be since at least 2005 – 9 years ago (from Chromium Blog). For that reason it is being replaced with the more secure SHA-2 algorithm (similar to the replacement of MD5 to SHA-1 algorithm back in 2004)

From 1st January 2016 all new certificates will be issued with the SHA-2 algorithm automatically. Any certificates with the SHA-1 algorithm will be considered less than 100% secure in browsers and could return an error to the end user.

An SSL Certificate is becoming an important part of the “web world”, particularly for those clients with eCommerce stores. If you would like to learn more about SSL Certificates please visit our website help article for a plain English explanation on what is an SSL certificate.

If you would like an SSL Certificate, any assistance with an upgrade to your existing certificate or have any questions please give us a call on Phone: 939 1708