With the launch of Chrome 70 on the 16th of October thousands of websites that are using Symantec CA Brand SSL certificates issued before the 1st of December 2017 will no longer be trusted. This means the websites will be flagged up as not secure with a big red warning when users try and visit the websites.

The problem affects all Symantec-issued certificates including legacy Equifax, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Thawte and Verisign. One of the simplest solutions is to switch to DigiCert which has taken over the certificate signing from Symantec while other options include buying a certificate from a new provider.

Why is this happening?

It all stems back to 2015 when Google notified Symantec about some potentially miss-issued SSL certificates. The following year further problems led Google to stop trusting Symantec’s Public Key Infrastructure. It’s the failure to properly perform validation with regional authorities around the world that has led to Google finally distrusting SSL certificates issued by Symantec.

What can I do?

If this update affects you then you need to replace your SSL certificate with one from a trusted Certificate Authority. This is where FirstFound can help. If you currently have hosting with us then adding a new SSL certificate is simple, fast and trusted by all the major internet browsers. Our SSL certificates are issued by Comodo, the world’s number one Certificate Authority, and cost just £99 for existing hosting customers so speak with your consultant today on 0161 909 3411 for more information.

Don’t have hosting with us? Find out if our hosting would be a better option for your business by speaking to your consultant. Hosting prices vary based on requirements, but most customers pay as little as £15 + VAT a month for our fast, reliable and secure hosting.

Not got an SSL certificate?

If you still haven’t made the switch to HTTPS now really is the time to do so. Major internet browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox are marking websites as “not secure” meaning that potential customers could lose trust in your business. Find out more about why you need an SSL certificate by reading this article.