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Support Ending for Early Versions of TLS – FAQs


Author: ZAPP Team
Date: June 21, 2016

Support Ending for Early Versions of TLS – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is TLS?
A: TLS stands for Transport Layer Security. Websites use TLS protocol to encrypt data and provide communications security between two endpoints. Essentially, TLS helps keep sensitive material, like your payment information, safe while you’re using our site.


Q: Great! Why should I know about TLS?
A: Starting in the summer of 2017, ZAPP® and CaFE™ will only support TLS version 1.2. This ensures that we will continue to bring you a highly-secure website for processing credit card and PayPal transactions.


Q: Will my use of ZAPP®/CaFE™ be affected in any way?
A: If you are using an old browser that does not support TLS version 1.2, you will not be able to access ZAPP® or CaFE™. This will affect both the artist and administrator sites.


Q: How can I check if my browser supports TLS version 1.2?
A: Click the link https://tlstest.westaf.org//.

  • If you see a “TLS Test Passed – Your Browser is Compatible” message, you do not need to take further action.
  • If you receive a message stating “TLS Test FAILED,” you will need to upgrade your browser to the latest version or download a new browser:

Q: What browsers will work with ZAPP®/CaFE™?
A: As of February 2016, all the latest versions of major web browsers support TLS 1.2. This includes Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Opera.


Q: Where can I go to update or download a new browser?
A: You can find the most current version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera at http://browsehappy.com/.


Q: What if I’m unable to update my Internet browser?
A: If you are using a device with an outdated operating system, you may not be able to update your browser to the most current version. In this case, we recommend visiting your local library or using a friend or family member’s updated computer to access ZAPP® or CaFE™.


Q: Which browsers are supported and compatible with TLS 1.2?
Once TLS 1.0 has been disabled on ZAPP® and CAFE™, a user with a browser that does not support TLS 1.2 will be unable to connect. These users will need to upgrade to a newer browser that supports TLS 1.2. The browsers below support TLS 1.1 and above:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and above
  • Google Chrome 30 and above
  • Firefox 27 and above
  • Apple Safari 9

Browsers that have TLS 1.1 and 1.2 disabled by default will need to have TLS 1.1 and 1.2 manually enabled. The following configurations may require manual enablement of TLS 1.1 or 1.2:

  • Windows 7 users with IE 8, 9, and 10
  • Windows 8 users with IE 10

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