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HTTPS sites using TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 are to be blocked by browsers by the end of the March 2020

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Posted on March 17th, 2020 by Damien Jordan in Industry News

TLS 1.0 / 1.1

The end of TLS v1.0 and v1.1 is near – the most popular browsers will either display a warning message when you visit a TLS 1.0/1.1 site or require user intervention and confirmation to connect to the website.

What is TLS / Transport Layer Security?

The aforementioned security protocols are pretty old now, released in 1996 and 2006, respectively. The cryptographic algorithms used are weak and outdated by modern standards. They are susceptible to several cryptographic attacks, which allow the attacker to decrypt the HTTPS protocol and see the user’s traffic in plain text. The attacks are the following: LUCKY 13, BEAST, SWEET 32, POODLE, and CRIME.

When the browser changes take effect, users hitting a site running TLS v1.0 or v1.1 will not be able to connect directly but will first see a message: "Secure connection failed" or "Your connection is not fully secure," depending on the used browser. You have the option to ignore the warning and proceed to the website at your own risk.

Needless to say, you should already be using TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.3 for your website. However, you will be surprised that more than 850,000 websites are still using outdated algorithms, according to Netcraft’s scans.

So, how can you tell if your website is still using the outdated TLS 1.0/1.1 algorithms? We can help you – head over to our free SSL/TLS Certificate Validation Tool.

WebSitePulse's SSL / TLS Certificate Validation Tool

Simply type in the name of your website and click the Test Now button. Once the test is completed, look for the Connection protocol field, as shown in the screenshot. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that Google is using a modern version of the algorithm – TLS 1.2.

SSL/TLS Certificate Validation Tool Results

Damien Jordan

Enjoys life to the fullest. Appreciates all that is beautifully made - quality matters. Cars and photography are the passions filling his spare time. Enjoys going out with friends as this is his way of relaxing.

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