The Internet connection on your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, computer or video game console could soon be cut off. Because a widely used certificate had to be revoked, millions of people may soon confront an important issue.
iPhone and Android users might face some issues when connecting to internet
Let’s Encrypt, perhaps the most well-known issuer of digital certificates is now cautioning customers of older smartphones and other devices that their certificate “IdentTrust DST Root CA X3” will no longer be available starting from September 30th.
This could mean that many devices such as smartphones, PCs, consoles or IoT devices could now experience considerable problems with the internet connection.
Which devices will lose internet connection after certificate expiration?
iPhones running iOS 9 or lower and Android smartphones with Android 2.3.6 or older would be affected. In addition, Windows users with operating systems prior to Windows XP as well as owners of a Sony PS3, PS4 or Nintendo 3DS would also face problems.
Security expert Scott Helme says that this could affect devices released before 2016 as well as all gadgets with the word “smart” in their name. This includes televisions, light bulbs, refrigerators, and smart home devices.
According to Helmes, because major companies such as Apple, Google, Sony and Microsoft were not aware of the problem, they did not inform customers about certificate expiration.