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Android causes problems: Smartphone users are locked out

Last updated on March 9, 2021

Many owners of Android smartphones could soon be facing locked doors. The reason for this is a change in the background, which was actually intended to make Internet browsing safer. There is a way out – but only half of it works.


When discussing missing or delayed Android updates, it is often forgotten that not only the latest features fall by the wayside, but also security. Just how topical this topic still is despite all the progress made, is now shown by the problem with security certificates on Android smartphones.

Android smartphones can no longer visit all websites

Android smartphones with Android 7.1.1 or lower will no longer be able to visit all websites on the Internet from 2021, reports Android Police. The reason for this is the change of a security certificate, which regulates the secure data exchange between website and end device in the background. Millions of Android smartphones still have Android 7.1.1 or lower on board, so their owners are de facto locked out.

Theoretically, it is possible to distribute an update for these devices and thus further ensure access to the websites. However, most of the affected smartphones have already reached the end of their software support. Remember: Android 7.1 was introduced more than four years ago. It is very unlikely that manufacturers will distribute an extraordinary update on very old mobile phones <New features of Android 11: Example

Firefox browser for Android brings the solution – at least partially

<But the situation is not completely hopeless. The Firefox browser for Android offers the necessary security certificate by default. This means that affected mobile phone owners can still visit all websites in the future. But this is not really comfortable. On the one hand, you would have to transfer all bookmarks and passwords to Firefox. On the other hand, apps also use the security certificate built into the Android smartphone, which will soon expire. So some applications will not work properly even with the workaround.

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