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The Road Ahead

26 Mar 2020
 by Alexander John in Maintenance, Security, Web Hosting
Length: 1 minute, 7 seconds (224 words)

We have removed support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 from our servers with immediate effect (16:00, 26th March 2020). This has been done to enhance the security of our services and is accordance with best practices as outlined in IETF RFC 7525. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have known security issues and there are no fixes or patches available.

If you are using a certificate based on either of these protocols, you must update them with a TLS 1.2+ certificate immediately. If you are, or wish to be, PCI-DSS compliant, you should adopt TLS 1.2+.

Most mainstream web browsers will cease support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.2 in the first half of 2020. Approximate deadlines are:

  • Microsoft IE & Edge - first half of 2020
  • Mozilla Firefox - March 2020
  • Safari/WebKit - March 2020
  • Google Chrome - January 2020

Most web browsers will issue a security warning if you attempt to connect to a website using either TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1. To ensure you receive the best possible protection, we advise you to upgrade your web browser to the latest version. Most web browsers will do this automatically.

Let's Encrypt / SSLForFree Certificates

All free certificates generated through our hosting control panel since the beginning of March have been TLS 1.2+.

13 Jan 2016
 by Alexander John in Help & Support
Length: 46 seconds (155 words)

As of 12 January 2016, Microsoft has stopped supporting a large number of legacy versions of Internet Explorer. From the 12th January 2016, Microsoft will only provide security updates for the most current version of Internet Explorer for a supported operating system.

Broadly speaking, this means Microsoft will no longer provide support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10 apart from the following exceptions:

  • Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista SP2
  • Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Server 2008 (incl R2)
  • Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on Windows Server 2012

If you are still using one of the affected versions - and a substantial number of users are - you should upgrade as a matter of priority.

If you are unable to upgrade, you could consider using an alternative web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera (others are available). Using an alternative browser will not address the potential security exposure of an unsupported version of Internet Explorer.

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