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A New Chapter for Xolphin

2 December 2020

By Maarten Bremer, Xolphin founder Today marks a major milestone for Xolphin as we announce that we have been acquired by our long-standing partner and the world's leading Certificate Authority (CA), Sectigo. We have enjoyed a successful partnership with Sectigo for nearly 20 years. Together, we have made this strategic move to continue building on our two companies' ...

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Subscription SSL allows longer validity period

8 September 2020

From now on you can request SSL certificates from Sectigo on a subscription basis. With Subscription SSL you can enjoy the benefits of an SSL certificate with a longer validity period, despite the industry-wide limitation of the maximum validity period. Limitation of validity period As announced earlier this year, most browsers will no longer accept SSL certificates with a ...

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Limitation of SSL validity to 1 year is near

14 July 2020

As previously announced, the validity period of SSL certificates will be further limited to 1 year as of September 1st, 2020. Apple was the first browser to announce that as of September 1st, 2020, it will limit the term of accepted SSL certificates to 398 days. Recently, Google and Mozilla also announced that they will no longer accept newly issued ...

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Sectigo AddTrust External CA Root has expired

31 May 2020

As previously announced, the Sectigo AddTrust External CA Root certificate expired on May 30, 2020. Because all Sectigo certificates have been cross-signed with the newer UserTrust RSA Certification Authority root for some time now, this change only has consequences when using outdated systems. What is the cause? SSL certificates are signed by a root certificate from a CA, such ...

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Symantec SSL continues as DigiCert SSL after April 30

30 April 2020

In November 2017, it was announced that Symantec had sold its SSL division to DigiCert. From that moment on, all Symantec brands, namely Symantec, Thawte, GeoTrust and RapidSSL, were covered by DigiCert. These brands have been issued by DigiCert since 2017. Now they go a step further: the Symantec SSL brand becomes DigiCert SSL as of April 30, 2020. The ...

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HTTPS growth continues and changes in browser display

30 March 2020

The year 2018 was a turning point for the use of SSL, with HTTPS becoming the standard. This trend has continued - In October 2019 no less than 94% of all visited web pages in Chrome were loaded on all platforms via HTTPS. Next to positive, these developments also have unintended negative consequences that grow steadily. What else happened in 2019, ...

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Phasing out TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in Chrome and Firefox postponed

30 March 2020

At the end of 2018, Mozilla and Google announced to phase out support for the outdated encryption protocols TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. by early 2020. However, due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), they have decided to postpone the phasing out of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Firefox and Chrome for the time ...

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Apple takes the lead in limiting the duration of SSL

25 February 2020

Apple is going to limit the allowed validity of SSL certificates to a maximum of 13 months. From September 1, 2020, certificates with a duration of more than 13 months are no longer supported in the Safari browser. Chances are that other browsers will also start applying this measure, despite the fact that a proposal for an industry-wide change ...

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Replacement of Sectigo EV certificates

21 January 2020

It has recently become known that a number of Sectigo EV certificates contain information that is not allowed. These certificates must be replaced at very short notice in order to remain trusted by browsers. This development has no impact on the safety of the affected certificates, but it does mean that many organisations have to replace their certificates very quickly ...

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Change in use of OU-fields in Sectigo certificates

19 December 2019

As of December 15, 2019, Sectigo will change the use of OU fields for all new Sectigo certificates. From this date, it is no longer permitted to include non-organization-related information in an OU field. What is the OU-field? OU stands for Organizational Unit, this is a field in the Subject information in an SSL certificate. The Subject ...

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