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To align with industry best practices for security and data integrity, Project Data Sphere is requiring users to upgrade their browsers to one that supports encryption protocol TLS 1.2 by December 15, 2017. On that date, Project Data Sphere will disable support of browsers that permit SSL 3.0/TLS 1.0. To prevent any disruption to your access to Project Data Sphere, you must take action.
This browser was not recognized and may not be compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher. Please check with the browser's developer to confirm.
To view information about this, please visit the FAQ. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

SSL to TLS Encryption Migration: Frequently Asked Questions

What is TLS?

TLS stands for "Transport Layer Security." It is a protocol that provides privacy and data integrity between two communicating applications and is the most widely deployed security protocol used today. TLS is used for web browsers and other applications that require data to be securely exchanged over a network and ensures that a connection to a remote endpoint is the intended endpoint through encryption and endpoint identity verification. Client-server applications use the TLS protocol to communicate across a network in a way designed to prevent eavesdropping and tampering. There are known vulnerabilities associated with SSL 3.0/TLS 1.0 which allow adversaries to monitor/intercept traffic and decrypt secure transmissions. Updating to TLS 1.2 provides an enhanced level of encryption to protect our network.

How can I avoid a disruption?

You must transition to a browser that supports TLS 1.2. Please see tables below for browser information.

Is my current browser compliant?

Your current browser is unknown to PDS. Please check with the vendor for TLS compliant

Browser Compatibility Chart

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

Desktop and mobile IE version 11
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.

If an error message displays and states, "Stronger security is required", then turn off the TLS 1.0 setting in the Internet Options | Advanced Settings list.
Desktop IE versions 8, 9, and 10
Compatible only when running Windows 7 or higher, but not by default.

Windows Vista, XP and earlier versions are incompatible and cannot be configured to support TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2.
Desktop IE versions 7 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.
Mobile IE versions 10 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.
Microsoft Edge
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.

Mozilla Firefox - Compatible with the most versions, regardless of operating system.

Firefox 27 and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Firefox 23 to 26
Compatible, but not by default.

Use about:config to enable TLS 1.2 by updating the security.tls.version.max config value to "2" for TLS 1.1 or 3 for TLS 1.2.
Firefox 22 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.

Google Chrome - Compatible with the most recent version, regardless of operating system.

Google Chrome 38 and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Google Chrome 22 to 37
Compatible when running on Windows XP SP3, Vista, or newer (desktop), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer (desktop), or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or newer (mobile).
Google Chrome 21 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.

Opera

Opera 17 and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Opera 14 to 16
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.
Opera 10 to 12
Compatible, but not by default.
Opera 9 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.

Google Android OS Browser

Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Android 4.4 (KitKat) to 4.4.4
May be compatible with TLS 1.1 or higher. Some devices with Android 4.4.x may not support TLS 1.1 or higher.
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.

Apple Safari

Desktop Safari versions 7 and higher for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Desktop Safari versions 6 and below for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.
Mobile Safari versions 5 and higher for iOS 5 and higher
Compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher by default.
Mobile Safari for iOS 4 and below
Not compatible with TLS 1.2 or higher encryption.

How to Guide: Enabling SSL Versions TLS 1.1 & TLS 1.2

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Alt-T and select Internet Options.
  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. In the "Security" section, locate and check Use TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2
  5. Click OK.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Type in "about:config" in the URL bar and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down to "security.tls.version.max" and press Enter.
  4. Set the value to 3.
  5. Click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click Alt-F and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and select Show advanced settings...
  4. In the Network section, click Change proxy settings...
  5. Select the "Advanced" tab.
  6. In the "Security" section, locate and check Use TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2.
  7. Click OK.

Opera

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click Ctrl+F12.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click Security Protocols...
  5. Check Enable TLS 1.1 & TLS 1.2.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click OK again.

Safari

  1. There are no options for enabling SSL protocols. TLS 1.1 & 1.2 are automatically enabled, if you are using Safari version 7 or greater.

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