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Do You Need to Reissue Your Symantec SSL/TLS Certificate?

Find out if your Symantec-Issued SSL/TLS certificate needs to be re-issued right now.

To use our tool and enter your domain name in the field below to find out if you need to renew your SSL certificate to remain secure.

Why do you need to re-issue?

You may have heard the buzz that as of October 31st, 2017 DigiCert Inc. acquired Symantec’s Certificate Authority business. This means that beginning December 1, 2017, DigiCert will be issuing digital certificates from its newly re-structured PKI and will be performing certificate validation for SSL/TLS certificates under the Symantec umbrella of products (Including GeoTrust, RapidSSL, and Thawte).

Because of this merger/acquisition , all certificates issued from the previous PKI of Symantec need to be reissued. As a result all Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certificates that were issued before December 1, 2017 will need to be re-issued.

If the effected certificates are nor re-issued, upcoming versions of Google Chrome will distrust your SSL/TLS certificate. Here’s a timeline of Chrome’s distrust plan:

  • Symantec-issued (Symantec, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Thawte) SSL/TLS certificates issued before June 1, 2016 will be distrusted by Chrome 66, expected to be launched in March 2018. These certs must be reissued before March 15, 2018.
  • Symantec-issued (Symantec, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Thawte) SSL/TLS certificates issued between June 1, 2016 to Dec 1, 2017 will be distrusted by Chrome 70, expected to be launched in March 2018. These certs must be reissued before September 13, 2018.

Have any questions about the re-issue process, the merger, or anything else? Please feel free to contact our world-class support team 24/7/365, and they’ll be glad to assist!

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