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Let’s Encrypt Warns of Reduced Compatibility Beginning January 2021 12/02/2020

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Let’s Encrypt Warns of Reduced Compatibility Beginning January 2021

Let's Encrypt Root Certificate Expiration

An Expiring Root Certificate Means 1 in 3 Android Devices Will Be Blocked From Millions of Sites Protected by Let’s Encrypt

The new year is fast approaching, and with it comes some unfortunate news for users of Let’s Encrypt certificates.  Starting in January of 2021, compatibility with Let’s Encrypt certificates will be reduced, impacting both website owners and users alike. 

The impending issue is a result of Let’s Encrypt no longer cross-signing with a third-party root certificate.  Because of this switch, certain website visitors will be blocked from accessing websites that are secured with Let’s Encrypt, and they’ll be greeted with an error message similar to what you see below:

Let's Encrypt Expiring Root Certificate Warning

It’s certainly not something that users like to see when visiting a website.  Similarly, site owners do not want anything presented that would raise doubts about the security and trust of their page. 

So, what exactly lead to this turn of events?  Who will be affected by the change?  And what can site owners do to mitigate the damage?

Let’s hash it out.

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