Google to upgrade SSL certificates to 2048-bit encryption

Posted: May 26, 2013 in IT Security News
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SSL certificatesGoogle has announced the strengthening of all SSL encryption certificates. Developers start using 2048-bit encryption.

The new standard will be put into operation gradually. Google starts using the new certificates in August. Fully transition promise to finish by the end of 2013.

In most cases and for most users, the transition to another technology will hardly be noticed. But hackers will have to work harder because the transmitted data will be much more difficult to decipher.

“We are starting to move to the new 2048-bit certificates from August 1, 2013 to provide sufficient time for translation reserve all of our products to the new standard by the end of the year. We also change the root certificate, because it used a 1024-bit encryption “ – explains Google.

However, there may be situations in which the new certificates will bring serious problems. In particular, the risk of software on the devices that are updated infrequently. This group can include a variety of old smartphones, printers, set-top boxes, game consoles, cameras.

To minimize potential problems Google has published a list of requirements for programs that use Google SSL certificates as well as a list of configuration options that can cause problems.

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