SHORT: Let’s Encrypt Android Support in 2024

11 July 2023 - by Carl

TLDR; Let’s Encrypt, the free SSL provider, has announced it’ll stop issuing and allow the intermediate SSL certificate to expire during 2024*, which enabled continued support for Android devices <= 7.0.

This means if your website relies on Let’s Encrypt to supply SSL that as of June 2024 any visiting customers on Android <= 7.0 will fail to connect.

Android SSL

For many of us, Android 7.0 or older represents much less than 5% of all visitors, for Pipe Ten and Purely, this is less than 1% (closer to 0.3%) in the last 12 months, and the event will pass largely unnoticed.

For other more mobile heavy user-bases, check your user-agent logs and consider assisting your customers in migrating to newer Android versions or alternate browsers like Firefox Mobile, which can support alternate intermediates.

* This date was already extended in 2021 to beyond its expected lifetime after community feedback.

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CarlAuthor: Carl Heaton
Carl is a founder of Pipe Ten and uses his role as Technical Director to drive the company’s vision to transform business online in delivering it’s mission to forge agile technical partnerships that accelerate web success. Carl boasts an illustrious career spanning over two decades, starting as a fledgling web developer in his teens, he swiftly ascended the ranks, honing his skills in architecting secure web application infrastructure. With his finger on the pulse of emerging web technologies, Carl has tracked and influenced the ever changing world of cyber security, internet governance, industry regulations and information security compliance ensuring Pipe Ten successfully achieved and maintain ISO/IEC 27001 certification.

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