Making the internet safer and providing more space to the users, Internet Engineering Task Force released the final version of TLS 1.3, the latest version of internet security protocol and Mozilla has announced that Firefox now supports TLS 1.3.
With the updated spec it promises improved security and little increased speed. Among other browsers, the most commonly used Chrome started supporting the new protocol in version 65. TLS has gained prominence than ever as Google, Mozilla, Cloudflare and major players are making efforts to encrypt every webpage which prevents surveillance, hackers, and companies that want to insert their commercials.
In a blog post head of cryptography for Cloudfare said “Publishing TLS 1.3 is a huge accomplishment. It is one of the best recent examples of how it is possible to take 20 years of deployed legacy code and change it on the fly, resulting in a better internet for everyone,”.
According to Cloudflare for the last five years, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the standards body that defines internet protocols, has been working on standardizing the latest version of one of its most important security protocols: Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS is used to secure the web, providing encryption and ensuring the authenticity of every HTTPS website and API.
One major way Cloudflare provides security is by supporting HTTPS for websites and web services such as APIs. With HTTPS (the “S” stands for secure) the communication between your browser and the server travels over an encrypted and authenticated channel. The machinery under the hood that makes HTTPS secure is a protocol called TLS. It has its roots in a protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) developed in the mid-nineties at Netscape. By the end of the 1990s, Netscape handed SSL over to the IETF, who renamed it TLS and have been the stewards of the protocol ever since, says Cloudflare.
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