Latest version of Microsoft IE and EDGE will no longer support SHA-1 Certificate Encrypted Websites
Finally, Microsoft has turned on the green signal to quit its support for SHA-1 SSL certificate encrypted website.
As the number of cyber-attacks is increasing day by day, SSL certificate authorities, Web browsers, and Operating systems, etc. platforms are worried about the privacy and security of their users and customers. By taking this matter seriously, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox has already started not to accept the encrypted session with SHA-1 Certificate.
Microsoft thinks, user’s information security is at a high risk if they continue to support SHA-1 encryption, so they took this concern very seriously and during the new patch release of Internet Explorer and EDGE, they have strictly determined to quit SHA-1 SSL certificate support and to alert users with a message.
Today, SHA-1 encrypted SSL certificates are considered as the weak protocol to encrypt any information over the web, collision attacks number are increased and the study shows that the hacking of SHA-1 encrypted website is quite easy for cyber criminals.
Along with Chrome and Firefox, now Microsoft IE has now dropped the support of SHA-1 Encryption.
As per the new policy of Microsoft for IE users, the website which is using SSL certificate to encrypt information must have to use the latest SHA-2 encryption algorithm.
The new IE update reveals that it will not load the website pages which are using SHA-1 encryption.
How to Check if a website is SHA-1 Encrypted?
Microsoft will only give you the penalty if your website is using the SHA-1 encryption. Check the status of your SSL certificate using this free SHA checker tool. This tool will give you the information whether your website is encrypted with SHA-1 or not. If yes, then you need to migrate from SHA-1 to SHA-2.
What should be next move of Website Admin?
If your website is still encrypted with an SHA-1 encryption algorithm, then you need to remove that certificate from your server and install an SSL certificate which is encrypted with the SHA-2 algorithm.
→ Remove the SSL Certificate from Website (SHA-1 Encrypted)
→ Generate the new CSR with SHA-2 encryption, keep it safe.
→ Reissue your certificate files.
→ Install the SHA-2 SSL certificate file on your server.
Things to keep in mind
→ If your certificate is not expired yet, you do not need to buy a new SSL certificate, you just need to reissue the certificate with the SHA-2 algorithm.
As the use of SSL Certificate and IOT encryption is growing daily, the number of hack attempts also rise. It is always recommended to be awake and updated when it comes to the matter of privacy, security, and encryption.