Surf the Net Securely: How to Update Your Browser’s TLS Protocol

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a protocol used by all internet browsers to keep data secure when you visit websites, send emails, and make purchases online. As time goes by, new problems are sometimes discovered with older versions of security protocols.

TLS version 1.0 was introduced in 1999 and is no longer considered secure due to recently discovered vulnerabilities. If you’re still using TLS 1.0, it’s important to update to version 1.2 right away. Here’s how to make sure your browser’s TLS version is up to date.

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 does not support TLS 1.2 and will no longer be usable on most sites that require TLS after July 2016. To keep browsing the internet securely, upgrade to a more recent version of IE or switch to another browser.

Internet Explorer 9 & 10

If you use IE 9 or 10, manually enable TLS 1.2. You can do this by going to Tools>Internet Options, clicking the ‘Advanced’ tab and scrolling down to the security section. You’ll see checkboxes labeled ‘TLS 1.0’ and ‘TLS 1.2’. Simply uncheck TLS 1.0 and check TLS 1.2. (See a step-by-step video here).

Internet Explorer 11 and up

If you use IE version 11 or up, you’re all set. The current version of IE automatically uses TLS 1.2.

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers

Simply upgrade to the most recent version of your browser to automatically enable TLS 1.2.

Instructions for upgrading Chrome

Instructions for upgrading Firefox

Instructions for upgrading Safari

If you have questions or need help updating your browser, give us a call at 1-800-260-5887. One of our support reps will be happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions that come up.

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