Clear Text Login Discontinued

Stephen Kennedy - Lead Web Developer

On Monday October 2nd at 6:00pm we will be changing the password transmission policies of our server.


Up until this point we have permitted cleartext logins and logins with older encryption protocols, while adding support and recommending newer more secure protocols. We did this to ensure support for older and non-standard email and ftp clients, as well as web browsers.

In light of recent events, locally, nationally, and globally, we feel it would be irresponsible to continue to take such a lax stance on the data that drives your lives and businesses. Monday night we will be discontinuing use of all cleartext logins, SSL v1, 2, 3, and TLS v1.0. This will effect the way you log into your email and FTP clients.

To help ease this transition, we have collected a number of tutorials for making the necessary changes. We will also be recommending all users change their passwords, and have included some information on what makes a strong password, and why this kind of security is important to you and your businesses.

This will require us to do a full restart of the server. Be aware that this may effect any emails, website access, or processes the server may be running on your behalf. In order to ensure this goes as smoothly as possible, we recommend you schedule your Monday to end all email and online tasks between 5:30 and 5:45pm.

We will be supporting the following email applications:

Windows Desktop Mail Clients:

Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and Office 365

Mozilla Thunderbird

Windows 10 Mail

Windows Livemail

Mac OSX Mail Clients:

Mozilla Thunderbird

macOS Mail

Spark

Android Mail Clients:

Android Mail (For Devices with Android V 4.2.x+)

Android Mail (For Devices with Android V 5.x.x+)

Email Organized By Alto

iOS:

iOS Mail

Spark

We will be supporting the following FTP applications:

Windows:

winSCP TLS/SSL Settings

winSCP Full Setup

FileZilla

Mac:

FileZilla

Other applications may work, and we may be able to provide assistance, however the above list consists of applications we are certain will meet our new security standards.

We have created a short guide for creating secure passwords. You can read it here: https://armortechs.com/a-short-guide-to-password-security

Monday October 16th, 2017