DMM Bitcoin aims to strengthen online security by ending older TLS support

Maria Nikolova

The company’s services will stop supporting older TLS protocols, effective August 29, 2018.

DMM Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency business of Japanese Internet giant DMM.com, is taking a step towards enhanced online security. The company aims to end support for older Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols, effective August 29, 2018.

In a notice to its clients, DMM Bitcoin said it will invalidate the Internet communication encryption method “TLS 1.0 and 1.1”. After August 29, 2018, the company’s web service and trading system will be unavailable on PCs, smartphones, tablets, browsers, etc. that do not support “TLS 1.2”. Let’s note that the security strength of TLS 1.2 is higher than that of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1.

Customers are asked to check their devices’ settings in order to make sure that they can continue to use the company’s services.

The announcement by DMM comes less than a month after another Japanese online giant – GMO Internet Inc. (TYO:9449) informed its clients that as a result of its efforts to boost security, customers may experience troubles using some of its web services. The main change that the company said it would implement is the suspension of older versions of TLS protocols.

Effective July 2018, GMO Internet stopped supporting TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to boost the security of its customers’ Internet communication. As a result, customers may not be able to use part of the company’s web services on old PCs, browsers, and smartphones that are not compatible with TLS 1.2. The purpose is to have the details of the Internet communication encrypted so that a third party cannot get access to them and that data fraud is prevented.

The changes also affect GMO Coin, the cryptocurrency business of GMO Internet.

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