If you’re using an Android phone with software older than version 7.1.1 Nougat, you might want to start looking for a device upgrade.
This is especially important if you usually browse large portions of the web with your phone.
According to Android Police, the certificate authority that allows users to browse the web securely, Let’s Encrypt, has warned people that users with phones running older versions of Android won’t trust its root certificate, starting in 2021.
This will lock users out of large parts of the web.
On January 11, 2021, Let’s Encrypt will stop all default certificate cross-signing, and on September 1 later in the year, the cross-signing partnership will be dropped entirely. This means that users running version 7.1.1 Nougat won’t be able to access a large portion of the web on their mobile browsers.
However, there’s a way around all this. But it can be extremely tedious, and it won’t necessarily prevent apps beyond the browser from breaking.
That is, if you don’t mind using Mozilla Firefox as your default mobile web browser. If, like me and a ton of other Android users, you use Google Chrome, sadly you won’t be able to access large swathes of the internet if you don’t make the switch. Of course, this really only applies to those using Android versions prior to Nougat.
Mozilla just so happens to be a partner of Let’s Encrypt. It also uses its own certificate store, which will allow users to access the internet as a whole.
But if your Android device is running an older software and you’re unwilling to make the switch to Firefox, you don’t really have any other choice but to upgrade your phone.
If you think you can handle not having access to a large swathe of the web, think again. Let’s Encrypt’s certificates are used by roughly 30 percent of all the world’s web domains, which essentially kicks you out of access to millions of websites if you choose not to move to Firefox or upgrade your device.
According to Let’s Encrypt, approximately 33.8 percent of Android users on the Google Play Store are running software older than Nougat.
So if you’re using a phone that you bought in 2016 or 2017, chances are it might lose access to 30 percent of the internet if you’re trying to gain access from a mobile web browser.
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