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It's time to upgrade to TLS 1.3 already, says CDN engineer

Peter Sayer | June 27, 2017
If you haven't upgraded your website to use TLS 1.2 encryption yet, get ready to skip a step.

SSL and TLS aren't just for web servers, they are also used to encrypt connections to mail servers.

Janet Jones, co-chair of a M3AAWG group that aims to prevent the pervasive monitoring of communications, sees TLS 1.3 as key to securing email against interception.

"Some industries are going to love it from a security standpoint," she said.

On the other hand, wider usage of TLS 1.3 is not going to please governments wanting to conduct surveillance, or banks needing to comply with regulations to prevent collusion among traders. "They're not going to have the solutions to look at traffic and monitor it," she said.

But, she said, that's no reason to hold back on deployment of TLS 1.3.

"I would like to see more of our members doing deployments when this is released, or even prerelease."


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