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POODLE Vulnerability

  • November 3, 2014 by Mark Johnson

As you may be aware, an Internet-wide security issue, commonly referred to as POODLE, has been identified in the last few weeks and affects anyone using older Web browsers that use SSL version 3 (SSLv3), specifically Internet Explorer (IE) 6. This issue creates a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain access to any connection using this outdated Web browser.

Our servers are not directly vulnerable to POODLE, but we are making changes to our systems to assure that we are providing our clients and your customers with the highest degree of security possible. To that end, as of today (November 3, 2014), we will be disabling the use of SSLv3 within our systems. This means you will no longer be able to access any secure pages from IE6 or other vulnerable browsers.

We apologize for the short notice, but security is of the utmost concern. Most payment and technology companies are disabling SSLv3 as soon as possible to help make sure that hackers aren't able to exploit this vulnerability. We expect that a minimal number of your visitors will be affected. According to W3Schools, usage of IE6 has decreased to between 0.0% - .0.1% of browser usage over the past year.

Even if you aren't using IE6, it is possible a hacker could trick your browser into using SSLv3. You can find out if you're vulnerable to this attack at You'll also find instructions for disabling SSLv3 for your particular browser on that same site.

If you're using Windows XP and are still using IE6, it's recommended you update to service pack 3 (if you haven't already) and update your browser to IE7+, Firefox or Chrome which support newer protocols for secure connections.