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Well-Established Internet Browsers to Make Efforts to Change Old Security Standards

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Published on : Oct 16, 2018

Recently, various internet browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Safari, and Edge are planning to drop support for the older version of online security protocol TLS. It was used in almost all type of encrypted that was exchanged online. However, few machines and people are still using the unsafe TLS 1.0 and 1.1 as it still exists in many connections but is not likely to stay for long.

TLS (Transport Layer Security) was released almost twenty years back as a generalized community standard that provides security over a computer network. After the release of 1.0, TLS 1.1 came into existence but both of them were unsafe to use. These issues were addressed in 1.2 version that was released in 2008 and is used by a vast majority of clients. Moreover, early this year, TLS version 1.3 was released that has improved and streamlined with the standard, but its reach is limited and most of the services and servers are not yet updated to support it.

Big tech giants Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and WebKit has recently posted that versions 1.0 and 1.1 will be phased out by early 2020. In a recent post, Microsoft, Kyle Pflug stated that 20 years is a very long time for a security technology to stand unmodified. He also added by saying, currently vulnerabilities attached with 1.0 and 1.1 are still not known. Thus, moving towards a new version will help in increasing online security and the working will remain (as per design) the same as before.