If you usually buy 2 year certificates for your website then you are probably already aware that they are going. Yes, as of the 20th August 2020 they will no longer be available.
Why are 2 year Certificates going?
This is due to Google making Chrome not accept certificates that are valid for more than 1 year. Other browsers have followed suit. Their reasoning behind this is to force certificates to be issued more frequently. If they are then there is less chance for things to go wrong with stolen certificates. Google don’t use the SSL revoked list, a certificate that has been issued, compromised and subsequently revoked can be used. Other browsers that do use the revoked list would not accept this certificate. This new method means that the certificate is only valid for a year so the maximum time it could be used is 1 year.
No matter what their rational behind it is, the fact remains that as of the 20th August you will no longer be able to purchase a certificate for 2 years and any that are issued after this time will automatically be rejected by all browsers as of next year.
What can I do?
If you want a 2 year SSL certificate then get one that is issued before 20th August 2020 and it will be valid. After that time you will just have to buy a 1 year one.
We have already removed the 2 year option from our certificates but if you want one then please submit a support ticket from your account or a presales ticket before the 18th August to give us enough time to get a certificate issued. The higher the grade certificate the longer it needs to be issued. so do not delay.