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.
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.
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!
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.
Nothing at all. You’re using Other , which already supports TLS 1.2, so you are good to go. Nice work!
But not everyone is as savvy as you. Your friends and family (or customers!) might still be using an old browser, and they need your help. We suggest taking them out to lunch and explaining everything you’ve learned about internet encryption protocols and the PCI Security Standards Council, no matter how bored they look. Then make them cover the bill.
Or you could send them to this website. Whichever works for you. We’ll check their browser, let them know if they need to upgrade and show them how to do it.
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.
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.