Almost 40 Million Of Us Won't Be Able To Use The Web in 2016
If you have an older computer or smart device, you may really struggle to access the internet after Jan 1 2016.
According to UNILAD, there are new plans to upgrade the way certain sites are verified, which will force users to surf on the non-encrypted web unless they buy newer devices.
This spells mayhem for usage on verified websites like Facebook, Google and Twitter starting from the New Year.
Buzzfeed reports that websites are encrypted through a code which is generated by the website you’re visiting.
This code is then translated into your browser. Basically, we’re using a system (SHA1) but developers are fearing this is no longer safe and are hoping to upgrade to a newer version (SHA2) - but this will not be compatible with older devices.
Obviously this is extremely controversial, as many cannot afford to upgrade their device. Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare which researched how many people the change would affect, told BuzzFeed.
“It is important to remember that the internet is not just guys with the newest laptops and an iPhone 6.”
Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos agrees with Prince.
“We don’t think it’s right to cut tens of millions of people off from the benefits of the encrypted Internet, particularly because of the continued usage of devices that are known to be incompatible with SHA-256. Many of these older devices are being used in developing countries by people who are new to the Internet, as we learned recently when we rolled out TLS encryption to people using our Free Basics Platform. We should be investing in privacy and security solutions for these people, not making it harder for them to use the Internet safely.”