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Here’s What Transport Layer Security 1.3 Means for Your Online Business

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Unless you’re privy to the goings-on of the cybersecurity world, chances are the latest security patches across the web don’t necessarily make headlines in your newsfeed. However, the latest update for Transport Layer Security 1.3 from the Internet Engineers Task Force may be something you’d like to know, since it’s going to be affecting everyone on the web once implemented – and it’s kind of a big deal.

Don’t worry if this is just news to you now; it’s just been approved, and for once, this cybersecurity news isn’t bad news. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect from TLS 1.3 and how it will affect your online presence.

Finally, Safer Web Searching

The last update to TLS was in 2008, and over the past decade hackers have gotten quite creative in their attacks and methods. The world wide web is overdue for an update, and TLS 1.3 aims to be a major part of the solution.

At its core, TLS 1.3 is being put in place to help make web traffic safer for users across all browsers. And for many it will be a massive upgrade – the The Internet Engineers Task Force has spent four years and 28 drafts of the update to get to the new Internet standard, and the update should make a dramatic difference on the safety of web browsing for all.

The update is focused on secured socket layer connections, which in basic terms are the connections that connect your computer or mobile device to the server of the site your visiting. TLS 1.3 will remove outdated encryption algorithms in favor of newer, more secure encryptions to improve encryption and browsing security. The latest update will also focus on “forward secrecy”, which stops hackers from easily skimming decryption keys from one interaction and utilizing them later to access networks, which are commonly known as “downgrade attacks.”

What this means is that you and your customers will be browsing safer once this upgrade is in effect.

It’ll Improve Performance, Too

Unlike many “mandatory” security updates that can end up slowing down load times in favor of improve security, TLS 1.3 has a performance upside. This is mainly to do with the new form of encryption the IETF has chosen which has removed outdated and clunky encryption methods that slowed down connections.

Once it’s fully integrated, you can expect even faster load times across the web, especially on mobile devices. This means that not only will customers who come to your ecommerce site have improved security when operating your web pages, but they’ll have a faster and more enjoyable experience overall. In short, TLS 1.3 is going to be a great update to the speed and security of the internet – and it’s all at no cost to you.

How Do I Prepare for TLS 1.3?

The best part pf the TLS 1.3 upgrade is that on the business-owner level, you need to do nothing to receive the added benefits of the speed and security the update offers. However, that doesn’t mean you can assume you’re 100% safe from attacks – especially as hackers learn the inevitable flaws in TLS 1.3 and begin to take advantage of them.

To improve your cybersecurity with TLS 1.3 in place and beyond, the best path to follow is partnering with a local IT consultant like NENs. Our expert staff of cybersecurity technicians can help you pinpoint holes in your cybersecurity plan and offer solutions for protections against the latest trend in hacking and cybercrime. Give us a call today to find out how we can make your organization as safe as possible for your employees and your customers.

 

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