Best wishes for the new decade, and news about a WebCrossing Server Security Upgrade for 2020

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 | No Comments

The 2020s are right around the corner! Next year will bring many exciting world events, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and in the U.S. politics will be at a peak as a new presidential election season gets under way.

We wish our customers, our friends, our colleagues, and their families the warmest wishes for this holiday season, and look forward to continue serving you in the next decade, improving our software, and providing you the best support we can.

Have a great New Year holiday, blessed Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and see you all in the 2020s!

Are you ready for the 2020s? WebCrossing is.

Starting in January, 2020 the major browsers will be enforcing stricter security and rejecting https connections to old SSL/TLS protocols. The current secure https version is TLS 1.2.

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla announced over a year ago that they will end support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 and will disable support for those encrypted protocols in Chrome, Edge, IE, Firefox, and Safari in 2020. Note that January 19, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of TLS 1.0.

WebCrossing has supported both TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 since June, 2018. In this release, we are applying the advice of security experts and (1) Updating the latest OpenSSL implementation of TLS and (2) Disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. Security testing sites will rate your site’s secure connections based on whether you require newer, secure browsers. This new release of WebCrossing is rated A.

A small fraction of very old user browsers don’t support TLS 1.2. Almost all the world’s secure traffic is driven on TLS 1.2 now. Users with extremely old browsers (less than 0.5% of users) will need to upgrade their browser versions in 2020. 

If you are using secure connections (https vs http) for your site, we highly recommend upgrading to the latest version. If you are not using secure connections, we recommend you do. These days browsers are getting more and more fussy about connecting to servers which are not secure, and this will be even more so in 2020.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1353 2019-12-11.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.