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TLS 1.2 is coming

Old browsers are no longer safe

Are you and your customers ready for the new TLS 1.2 security compliance requirements? Learn how to keep your personal information safe from breaches and hackers with the imminent updates. It’s easy and very important.

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What do I need to do?

Encryption on the Internet is kind of a big deal.

Normally, the information you send and receive can be plainly seen by any of the networks and machines it passes through on its trip across the Internet.

But when you use encryption, your information can only be seen by you and the website you're using — that's what keeps your passwords and credit card numbers from falling into the wrong hands.

Without working encryption, you wouldn’t be able to shop or bank online, or send private email.

But the way encryption on the Internet works is changing.

See the little lock icon in the address bar? That means the website you're visiting uses encryption. That alone used to guarantee you were safe, but old encryption protocols are getting an upgrade. And you're invited!

By June of 2016, every website on the Internet has to be using a new encryption protocol called TLS 1.2 if they’re going to accept credit cards. And every user, like you, has to be using a web browser that works with TLS 1.2 in order to keep using those websites.

 

This is changing because a group called the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council decided in April of 2015 that the older ways of encrypting Internet data were no longer safe to use. The good news is you’ve got time to get everything upgraded!


By June 2016, you won’t be able to access secure websites without TLS 1.2 support.


Why are you telling me this now?

Here’s the funny thing about TLS 1.2: Once a website is upgraded, it will look like it’s completely offline to users who have not yet upgraded. Users on older browsers will just see a blank screen when they try to connect.

Think about that for a moment. Pretty crazy, right? A website that has upgraded to TLS 1.2 won’t be able to tell users to upgrade their browser, or show an error message (like this one), or explain anything at all about what’s happening. It will just look like it’s gone. Vanished. Kaput.


That’s why it’s important to spread the word now, and get everyone to start using upgraded browsers as soon as possible.


What do I need to do?

All you need to do is upgrade your web browser. It takes just a couple of minutes and you’ll be much safer when you’re online. Your bookmarks, saved passwords, and preferences will all remain intact.

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Can’t install it?
If you’re on a work computer, you might not be able to install software. That’s okay, it means your company takes security seriously. Let your IT team know that some of the browsers at the office need to get upgraded. They might already have plans to update, but maybe they don’t, and you’ll look pretty smart for suggesting it.

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Spread the word.

Got your systems all up to snuff? Fulfill your civic duty and spread the word. You wouldn’t want your friends getting stuck with their trousers — or browsers — down.

#encryptyourself

Warn your users and customers!

Own or run a website? Give visitors who need to update their browsers a heads up by adding this banner right to the top of your site. This will ensure your users are notified and educated on the security updates before it’s too late!

Grab the code snippet and learn more here.