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Security Protocol (Browser-related) - Effective July 13, 2015

Dwight Pittman - 7/6/2015

Starting early Monday, July 13th, RegisterBlast will disable support for TLSv1.0 encryption when connecting to our server. This is necessary for us to maintain our PCI compliance. In case you aren't a security expert, what this means is that we are making our servers more secure, to ward off the criminals who get smarter every day. Perhaps you heard the news about the POODLE and BEAST attacks against servers. These attacks proved that the security employed on older browsers simply wasn't good enough anymore.

For those of you using up to date browsers, you will not notice a difference. For those of you are stuck with older browsers, or who saw no reason to upgrade, you may start receiving an error when you try to go to a secure portion of the website. Here is a list of the major browsers, and what versions you should check for:

Mozilla Firefox - version 27 or later
Google Chrome - version 33 or greater
Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows XP - NOT SUPPORTED
Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 7 - version 8 or later (see below)
Opera - version 17 or later
Apple Safari - version 7 or later

If you have IE 10 or less on Windows 7, the browser supports this new security, but it is turned off by default. To turn it on, Click the Tools menu, then click Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab and scroll down in the checkbox list to find the Security section. Make sure there is a checked box beside Use TLSv1.1 and Use TLSv1.2.

If you would like to see if you are ready, you may use a tool such as https://www.howsmyssl.com/ that will tell you what Version of security you are using. While we have no control over external tools, this appears to be a good place to check your browser settings. When you click that link, look under the Version section to see if you see TLSv1.1 or TLSv1.2. If you do NOT, for example you see TLSv1.0 or SSLv3.0, then please let your IT department know you need to update your browser to a secure version.

Please don't hesitate to give us an email or call (administrativesupport@registerblast.com). We apologize for the necessity of this change but we must do our best to protect your data.

Thanks,

Dwight Pittman
President
RegisterBlast
615.496.7985