DigiCert-Symantec Acquisition: It’s time to reissue/replace SSL Certificates for Existing Symantec Customers.

Symantec Group agreed to sell its SSL Certificate Authority business to DigiCert Inc. in Oct 2017. Walking on tightropes with Google’s plans to distrust its SSL certificates, Symantec had to do something, and it pulled a rabbit out of its hat by joining forces with DigiCert. As a consequence, all the existing holders of Symantec, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, and Thawte will need to reissue their SSL certificates from DigiCert’s new infrastructure.

Depending upon the time of certificate issuance and expiration date, Google will start distrusting Symantec certificates in March 2018, with the launch of Chrome 66. Here’s a complete layout of Google’s plans.

What about the customers? When do they need to renew their certificates? Well, here’s when:

  1. If the SSL certificate was issued before June 1, 2016, the users can reissue it until March 15, 2018.
  2. If the SSL certificate was issued after June 1, 2016, the users can reissue it until September 13, 2018.
  3. If the SSL certificate was issued after December 1, 2017, don’t need to reissue it.

How to check reissuance time of Symantec’s SSL certificate?

For Symantec Customers (including GeoTrust, Thawte, RapidSSL), CheapSSLsecurity has developed a tool “Symantec SSL/TLS Reissue Checker Tool“. This tool will check the present status of your Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certificate and will tell you if need to re-issue your certificate. This tool will also tell you when you need to re-issue your certificate and how you can do it easily.

Visual learners, this is for you:

symantec ssl replacement dates

How to reissue my Symantec/GeoTrust/RapidSSL/Thawte certificate?

Contrary to popular belief, reissuance is not that complicated. Fundamentally, reissuing a certificate follows the same procedure as issuing a new one.

If you are one of our existing customers, check out this page to understand the nuts and bolts of the reissuance process.

If you got your certificate from anywhere else, you should either contact your provider or go to the Symantec/GeoTrust/RapidSSL/Thawte user portal.

What to expect from DigiCert?

DigiCert has established itself as the premium provider of high-assurance SSL/TLS certificates. With DigiCert Inc., you’ll get world-class service and blazing-fast validation processes. DigiCert has mastered the science that is validation and turned it into an art. You just can’t go wrong with DigiCert.

If you have any concern or question in your mind, all you need to do is drop us a mail at [email protected].

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