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by: Carol~ May 24, 2013 9:43 AM PDT

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NEWS - May 24, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 5/24/13 9:43 AM

Google to upgrade its SSL certificates to 2048-bit keys by end of 2013, will start the process on August 1

Google on Thursday announced plans to beef up the encryption of the connections made to its services. The company is aiming to upgrade all of its SSL certificates to 2048-bit keys by the end of 2013.

Google will also be changing the root certificate that signs all of its SSL certificates, since it also still uses a less-secure 1024-bit key. The company says it will begin switching to the new 2048-bit certificates on August 1, giving itself a solid five months to "ensure adequate time for a careful rollout before the end of the year."

That's still over three months away, but Google is announcing its plan now because it knows some configurations will require extra steps to avoid complications. The company specifically mentions client software embedded in devices such as some phones, printers, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras.

As a result, client software that makes SSL connections to Google (usually in the form of HTTPS) must adhere to the following requirements:

Continued : http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/23/google-to-upgrade-its-ssl-certificates-to-2048-bit-keys-by-end-of-2013-will-start-the-process-on-august-1/

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