We have been informed by our Payment Gateway Processor that they will be upgrading their website security from SSL / TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2 on the 30th of June 2018.
So, what does that mean?
SSL is the security standard on which all encrypted traffic is encrypted to prevent anyone from snooping. When you make payments using your credit card, then your credit card details are encrypted using SSL so that no one else can access your credit card details.
An upgrade of this sort means better security and less chances any anyone hacking in on your most sensitive data which is always a good thing. The bad news is that the older internet browsers cannot interpret the newer security and therefore these browses will no longer work.
How will I be affected?
If you are using an older browser, then you will no longer be able to pay for goods on our website using your credit card. Our website may work, but the payment system will not render the payment page. The same will happen to older cell phones and tablets.
Below you will find a list a browsers and devices that will no longer work after the 30th of June 2018.
- Android 4.3 and earlier versions
- Firefox version 5.0 and earlier versions
- Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7 and earlier versions
- Internet Explorer 10 on Win Phone 8.0
- Safari 6.0.4/OS X10.8.4 and earlier versions
How can I prepare for this change?
Check your browser using the following website: https://www.howsmyssl.com/ and make sure that your browser is up to date to the latest version. Your PC technical person can help with that.
We highly recommend that you either use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge as your default browsers as these browsers are updated regularly with the latest security features. Remember to check the SSL of the browser you download against the above website just to be sure.
If you have an older phone or a tablet using either Android 4.3 and earlier or OS X10.8.4 and earlier, then an upgrade of the device is the only way forward for you. You can check the version of your device operating system via the device’s setup and then the about menu.
Why the change?
The payment industry will no longer support the older technologies due to the security risk they pose. A few browsers still rely on encryption methods that are no longer secure and doing business with those browsers places you at risk of being compromised. The change is therefore needed to protect you and your data.