We are sure you have heard the buzz about TLS 1.0 being deprecated, and when data security is on your mind, Hybridge is here to help.

What is TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol that aims to provide privacy and data integrity between two or more computer applications. What does that mean? TLS is what protects your data as it transits the Internet.

Different versions of this protocol are used by websites, email providers, instant messaging apps, and pretty much any recent cloud app to secure all communications between their servers and computers. It authenticates one or both systems and protects the information that passes between them.

If it's so important, why is it being phased out?

BEAST (Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS) and POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) are two famous exploits that managed to take advantage of vulnerabilities in TLS 1.0, which was used by many applications. You will likely have received emails from your cloud providers saying “Action Required” because of this impending change.

The deprecation of TLS 1.0 is meant to force a migration to newer, safer encryption protocol versions, TLS 1.1 or higher in order to meet the PCI Data Security Standard for safeguarding payment data.

What should you do to keep a safe connection?

The good news is that most browsers continuously update themselves to meet the most recent security standards. Therefore, as long as you are up to date with your browser and operating system updates, you’ll be fine. Also make sure you are using either Chrome or Firefox, as Safari and Internet Explorer are less secure and should not be used.

Applications such as Box have made their users aware of this change. In the case of Box, automatic updates will upgrade the application. If you encounter a Box sync error, call us and we will ensure the new version has been installed in your computer. The same is true for most other cloud applications.

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