Know why TLS upgrade is crucial

Know why TLS upgrade is crucial

The upgrade to TLS 1.2 or higher marks a ground breaking progress on current security policy representing a major departure from the TLS and secure encryption socket layer (SSL) protocols. The updated version has been approved by the Internet Technology Task Force (IETF) to avoid the taking of bugs and flaws in other existing cryptography models. The TLS update offers a number of advantages including fast protocol streaming, secure primitives and enhanced speed and efficiency.

It’s been a priority for several e-commerce and Digital organisations being able to provide secure data storage and transmit information over the Internet without intrusion, modification and unauthorised use or downloading by anyone outside the intended recipient. Such issues have contributed to changes to many Internet security protocols.

What is TLS?


TLS
is an acronym for transport layer security that refers to crypto-graphical protocols that provide secure communication over the Internet. For connectivity over a network computer, TLS simplifies data security and privacy. TLS has been built from SSL and is often sparingly used with TLS.
The hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) is a TLS crypting program that is built on top of the HTTP protocol on each web site and certain web services. The security encryption protocol for transport layer helps secure web applications, including DDoS attacks and data violations, from potential risks.

What if I don’t switch to TLS 1.2 or higher?

Not upgrading to latest TLS is that, you are placing the customers data at risk. The effects of not being a PCI complainant and experiencing a data breach can include penalties and the ability to process credit card transactions can be revoked.

Then, after a stipulated period, website services that needs to run TLS 1.2 or higher, the sites will be non-functional, hence affecting work, payment processing, shipping rates or other real-time data if TLS 1.2 is not implemented.

How can I tell if my site is SECURED?

You are mostly covered when using a host solution for your eCommerce site. But if you use a third party for a custom-built solution, then your security must be checked with the hosting provider of that solution if it is prone to vulnerability.

What Next ?

TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 protocols will be removed from browsers at the beginning of 2020. As there are no fixes or patches that can adequately fix SSL or deprecated TLS, it is critically important that organizations upgrade to a secure alternative as soon as possible.

Various Browser clients have provided approximate deadlines for disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 protocol:

Browser Name Date
Microsoft IE and Edge First half of 2020
Mozilla Firefox March 2020
Safari / Webkit March 2020
Google Chrome January 2020

Best practices outlined in RFC-7525 give reasons why it is discouraged to use protocol TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. PCI-DSS recommends users to switch from protocol TLS 1.0 and adopt protocol TLS 1.2+.

Following table shows for each browser the percentage of connections made to SSL/TLS servers using protocol TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1:

Browser/Client Name Percentage (%) – Both TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.0
Microsoft IE and Edge 0.72%
Mozilla Firefox 1.2%
Safari/Webkit 0.36%
Google Chrome 0.5%
SSL Pulse November 2018 5.84%


SSL Labs Grade Change

To encourage users to migrate to protocol TLS 1.2+ and remove protocol TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.0 from servers, SSL Labs will lower the grade for SSL/TLS servers which use TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.0.

TLS 1.0 Grade change date:

  • A warning will be displayed for downgrading to grade “B” by end of September 2019
  • Grade will be changed to “B” by end of January 2020

TLS 1.1 Grade change date:

  • In Configuration->Protocols section “TLS 1.1” text color will be changed to Orange by end of November 2018
  • A warning will be displayed for downgrading to grade “B” by end of September 2019
  • Grade will be changed to “B” by end of January 2020

Existing Grades Sample

Server Configuration Grade
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + No Warning + TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A+
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + No Warning + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + Warnings + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A-


Future Grades Sample

Server Configuration Grade
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + No Warning + TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV B
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + No Warning + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV B
TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0 + HSTS + Warnings + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV B
TLS 1.2 + HSTS + No Warning + TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A+
TLS 1.2 + HSTS + No Warning + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A
TLS 1.2 + HSTS + Warnings + No support for TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV A-

 

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No Clue!! Well, they all have an interesting and interactive website. All of these websites are powered by Magento, in fact, 1/4th of all the e-commerce stores in India are sketched on Magento, the giant of the e-commerce industry.

With the changing consumer behavior and buying patterns, Magento’s open source and agile platform, combined with its large selection of high-quality extensions, allows retailers to gain full authority of their content, functionality, and presentation.

 

Why Magento?

Open Source

Magento is like linux in OS.

  • Free eCommerce platform
  • Built using PHP
  • Robust performance
  • Enhanced security

Digital transformation

Out of the box marketing tools which helps in:

  • Increasing conversion rate
  • Improving average order size
  • Dynamically displaying personalized content
  • Demographic-based targeting

 

Flexibility & Scalability

Shaped to fit each retailer’s wants

  • Unique experience for customers
  • Customize to create brand identity
  • High-quality extensions
  • Best page load speed

 

Multiple Stores

  • Multiple stores, single backend
  • Single admin panel to control inventory, orders, bills and customer information
  • Different themes and templates for each store

 

Why Sysfore?

For over a decade now, Sysfore technologies have been helping clients with e-Commerce consulting and development services based on Magento. With trained Magento specialists and experienced retailer consultants, Sysfore ranks amongst the top solution partners in the country.
Magento has many out of the box functionalities that help retailers build the perfect e-commerce store for their clients, the hardships of online transactions, showcasing the product, discount management are all eased out, making Magento the best in class. Albeit, keep in mind that Magento is not a plug and play e-commerce solution. It does require a level of development and store optimization expertise from developers and administrators.

If you are assessing Magento and if you have any questions, concerns or issues, please shoot us an email at info@sysfore.com. Our support and development departments are working hard right now to make sure everything is smooth!

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