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New Requirements for Accessing Web-Based Services Begin July 1

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 14:00


Please be aware that beginning on Thursday, July 1, the University will require the use of more recent browser versions to access all web-based University services. This change is necessary to reduce vulnerabilities to attack through outdated web browsers that do not support modern encryption.

Most current versions of web browsers already support required security protocols. However, anyone using an older browser may need to update it or manually enable versions 1.2 or 1.3 of Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols.

Visit SSL Client Test to determine the encryption level for each browser you use:                                                  

  • No action is needed if the Protocol Support section indicates “Your user agent has good protocol support.”
  • If the Protocol Support section does not indicate “good protocol support,” follow these steps to update your browser or enable the security protocols.

Keep in mind that using the most up-to-date version of a web browser provides several important benefits:

  • Protects the user’s device by ensuring they are using the strongest encryption protocols
  • Protects the University by eliminating the use of outdated security protocols that are more vulnerable to attackers
  • Ensures University researchers remain compliant with NIH funding requirements
  • Prepares the University community for plans announced by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to end support for the older protocols

Please contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.