We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work (and your patience) in the effort to get the TLS updates applied to your point of sale system and equipment.
In reference to last month's article about the TLS issue, we just want to remind everyone again that if you have not updated your point of sale system, most likely your integrated credit cards* will stop working in June. While the official deadline is June 30th, many gateways are proactively switching over before then.
Yes, credit cards may stop working on your point of sale system this summer! We are providing you with more information on this important issue - please take a moment to read.
First some definitions and background on this topic:
TLS: Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol used to establish a secure communications channel between two systems.
SSL: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.
On Feb. 13, 2015, the PCI Security Standards Council announced that SSL, a protocol designed to ensure that data provided between a web server and a web browser, such as credit card information, remains secure - is no longer an acceptable way to provide strong cryptography, due to a number of known fundamental vulnerabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2018.