Posted: 16 December, 2015
This Is Why Your Internet Might Be Cut Off On January 1st
Almost 40 million people around the world will be unable to safely browse the Internet in 2016.
This will affect anyone with a phone more than five years old, as an upgrade is set to go ahead changing the way sites like Facebook, Google and Twitter are verified.
This means users will be forced to surf on the non-encrypted web… unless they buy newer devices.
Getting technical here… but here’s how it works. Websites are encrypted via a code generated by the website itself. This code is translated to your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc). Developers fear this translation method is not as safe as it should be, so they are pushing for an upgrade. The newer version won’t be compatible with older devices.
This decision is highly controversial. Some experts point out that not everyone afford to upgrade their smartphones. The CEO of Cloudflare.com told Buzzfeed “it is important to remember that the internet is not just guys with the newest laptops and an iPhone 6.”
January 1 is only two weeks away, and this decision still requires the approval of all the browsers… let’s see how it pans out.
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