There have recently been a few announcements regarding the Certification Authority and Browser industries replacing the SHA-1 hashing algorithm with the more secure SHA-2. Each major industry player (namely Microsoft, Google and Mozilla) have all announced their own various plans to stop supporting SHA-1 SSL certificates after January 1, 2017 – with some taking rather prompt action.
We’re pleased to announce that all new SSL Certificates issued through Trustwave will now utilise the SHA-2 (also known as SHA-256) hashing algorithm.
Existing SSL Certificate holders will soon be able to re-issue their older SHA-1 certificates in the new SHA-2 hashing algorithm via VIPControl free of charge. We will make another announcement with this functionality is available to clients.
It’s important to note that the change from SHA-1 to SHA-2 for SSL Certificates will have no impact on how modern browsers and operating systems detect and display your SSL certificate to visitors, and there is absolutely nothing you should worry about in regards to this change. As a general rule, only users running an operating system less than OS X 10.5+ or Windows XP SP3+ will be impacted by the change-over to SHA-256.
Both VentraIP Australia and Trustwave fully support the move to SHA-2 and we’re here to help in any way we can. If you need further assistance, or have any questions on this change, please do not hesitate to contact our support team through VIPControl.