The days of not having internet for smartphones, TVs or consoles may come soon. This is because a certificate with older models expires. Here’s how to fix the problem.
“Let’s Encrypt”, the largest digital certification provider, now warns users of older smartphones and other devices: From September 30, the “Identrust DST Root CA X3” certification will no longer be available.
It’s many devices like cell phones, but PCs, consoles or “Internet of Things” devices can now have significant issues with internet connectivity like Yahoo Report.
It will affect iPhones iOS 9 or lower and Android 2.3.6 or higher Android smartphones. Windows users with pre-Windows XP operating systems and owners of Sony PS3, PS4 or Nintendo 3DS may also experience issues.
IPhone, Samsung Galaxy, PS4 and more soon without internet?
According to security expert Scott Helmy, it will affect devices released before 2016 and all gadgets with the word “smart” in their names. According to Helmets, this includes televisions, bulbs, refrigerators and smart home appliances. “It is not yet clear how big the problem will be. But somewhere, at some point something will stop working“.
Helms continues that big manufacturers like Apple, Google, Sony or Microsoft do not even have a slip problem, so do not warn users about the expiration of the certificate. The current situation has not existed since the 1980s, so it is difficult to accurately assess the effects.
What can you do about it?
If you have an old device that can receive updates, you need to update it urgently. Some smart TVs or smartphones can easily issue a new certificate.
However, this is only possible if the devices are compatible with the new certificate. As “Mimicama“This is no longer possible for Macs 10.12.0 or earlier. Reports that it is no longer certified.
In the case of older devices such as the PS3 – it is still questionable whether the necessary updates were carried out to the last. If there are any issues, manufacturers can also comment on them. If these are no longer supported, the only solution is to switch to a more up-to-date device.
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