On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system. This includes no longer providing updates or security patches. Microsoft also ended support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.
In our ongoing effort to maintain a secure environment for the Freedom software suite, and to comply with PCI requirements, we must take proactive steps to secure our network and data from the risks presented by these unsupported operating systems. To that end, ByDesign will be ending support for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 devices in order to better safeguard our environment.
On Wednesday, March, 8th at 10AM EST, we will be dropping support for legacy insecure cipher suites. One of these cipher suites (
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA) is the latest cipher suite available to Windows XP/2003 utilizing the Internet Explorer browser. This change will drop all connections to the Freedom software suite from Internet Explorer on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. If you are using either of these operating systems, we recommend upgrading immediately as they are past end-of-life and are a risk to your security. In addition, if your distributors must use the Freedom software suite from one of these operating systems, Firefox or Chrome can be installed and will connect successfully by using its own modern cryptographic library.
Date of Maintenance: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST
Maintenance Duration: 30 Minutes
Expected Impact: No Expected Impact