Moving to a 2048-bit certificate
New Standard for SSL Certificates Industry standards set by the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum Baseline require that certificates issued after January 1, 2014 MUST be at least 2048-bit key length.1
Why? As computer power increases, 1024-bit certificates are at risk of being compromised by hackers with sophisticated processing capabilities. The cybersecurity industry is moving to stronger 2048-bit encryption to help preserve internet security.
Action Required: What do I need to do?
If you have any 1024-bit certificates, you will need to migrate to 2048-bit key length by October 1, 2013*. Depending on when your certificate(s) expires, you'll need to take either of the actions below.
- New Certificates or Renewing before January 1, 2014 - use a 2048-bit Certificate Signing Request (CSR) when you buy a new certificate or during the renewal process
- Certificates that Expire after January 1, 2014 - you'll need to revoke your certificate and replace the certificate with a 2048-bit key length by October 1, 2013. It is FREE to replace a certificate and you'll still get all the time remaining on your current certificate.
Do you have 1024-bit certificates?
Use the SSL Certificate Checker (powered by Symantec) to check the key length of the CSR on your current SSL certificates.
Can your server handle a 2048-bit certificate?
Longer key lengths require more server power and not all systems can handle a 2048-bit SSL certificate (if you're already running 2048 certificates, move on to step 3). You can easily test your system by requesting a Thawte test certificate with a 2048-bit key length. Get a test certificate. If you can't install the test certificate, contact our support team for help.
Generate your CSR
- Microsoft IIS 6.0 or 7.0 running .NET 2.0 or higher or Red Hat Server - the SSL assistant will automatically generate your 2048-bit CSR and later install it.
- All other servers or to manually generate a CSR - choose from a selection of step-by-step videos for CSR & Certificate Installation.
- Log in to your account & choose your action
- Renew - certificates that expire December 31, 2013 and earlier with a 2048-bit key
- Revoke and Replace – All 1024-bit certificates that expire after January 1, 2014
There are several ways to get help.
- Visit our support center
- Email us
- Chat online with sales or support
- Visit the community site to discuss and get help
- US/CA/Latin America: 866-239-4520
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa: +353 1 850 2640
- Asia-Pacific: +61 3 9914 5641
*Thawte has decided to begin revoking 1024-bit certificates on October 1, 2013 to avoid potential problems for customers that will be impacted by site code lock-downs due to the holiday season.