As per reports, you’ll not be able to access any secure websites from your old Android deuces running 7.1.1 Nougat or later. The devices will receive certificate errors if users attempt to access a secure website from the phone.

As per a report published on Android Police, users will not be ready to access any secure websites. This suggests that the websites wouldn’t open on your old Android devices that are running on dated operating systems.

The websites will either encounter issues or fail to load completely if the right certificates aren’t installed on your devices. Now, this is often happening because Let’s Encrypt has announced that its partnership with certification authority IdenTrust will endways Sept. 1, 2021.

There are apparently no plans to renew. For the uninitiated, Lets Encrypt is one among the world’s leading certificate authorities and its certifications are employed by approx 30 percent of web domains.

“Five years before, when Let’s Encrypt launched, that’s exactly what we did. We got a cross-signature from IdenTrust. Their “DST Root X3” had been around for an extended time, and every one the main software platforms trusted it already: Windows, Firefox, macOS, Android, iOS, and a spread of Linux distributions.

That cross-signature allowed us to start out issuing certificates directly and have them be useful to tons of individuals . Without IdenTrust, Let’s Encrypt may haven’t happened and that we are grateful to them for his or her partnership.

Meanwhile, we issued our own root certificate (“ISRG Root X1”) and applied for it to be trusted by the main software platforms,” Lets Encrypt said in its blog.

Let’s Encrypt highlighted that “some software that hasn’t been updated since 2016 (approximately when our root was accepted to many root programs) still doesn’t trust our root certificate, ISRG Root X1.

Most notably, this includes versions of Android before 7.1.1. meaning those older versions of Android will not trust certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.”

The website has also shared the share of individuals who are still using dated Android phones. It’s also suggested ways to access websites for people that don’t want to updraft their phones. The blog states that there are 66.2% of Android devices running version 7.1 or above.

The other 33.8% of Android devices will eventually start getting certificate errors when users visit sites that have a Let’s Encrypt certificate. However, if you’re in no mood to upgrade your phone, you’ll download Firefox and use it to access the websites.

“For an Android phone’s built-in browser, the list of believe in root certificates comes from the OS which is out of date on these older phones. However, Firefox is currently unique among browsers it ships with its own list of trusted root certificates.

So anyone who installs the newest Firefox version gets the advantage of an up-to-date list of trusted certificate authorities, albeit their OS is out of date,” the blog by Let’s Encrypt read.


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