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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Doing Our Part to Safeguard Online Financial Transactions

Browers Supporting TSL 1.2

Doing Our Part to Keep Your Financial Data Safe!  

Web encryption is changing. Transport Layer Security (TSL), is the protocol that allows computers and phones to communicate securely over the internet, and makes online credit card transactions possible.  TSL 1.2 is a security upgrade that will ensure customers’ data is not at risk during an online financial transaction.  Organizations are required to implement this more secure encryption protocol to meet the new security standards for safeguarding payment data. The new TSL standards are required for any site accepting credit card payments, no later than June 30, 2018. Many online services already support TSL 1.2 and will eventually refuse transactions that do not meet this standard.

The Recreation Department at the Village of Western Springs will comply with the new TSL 1.2 standards, effective May 31, 2018. For most users, this change will go unnoticed. Some residents, however, may need to upgrade or patch their operating system in order to register and pay for Recreation programs online.  In addition to the Recreation department, the Village of Western Springs website will also soon implement the new standard, meaning that any online transactions (for example, vehicle stickers purchases) will be subject to the higher security safeguards. As always, in addition to online transactions, residents are invited to submit payment for programs and services in person or by mail.

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