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PayPal’s Updates and Local Link’s Clients

If you have not heard about the new PayPal security updates, you soon will. PayPal will begin rolling out changes to their security protocols starting on September 15th, 2015. Local Link stays current with industry standards, and aims to keep you apprised of these changes.

It is important to keep in mind that these security updates, though vital, are not going into effect for several months: there is no need to panic. We have plenty of time until the rollout to work with you and make sure that your website is up-to-date with the new security standards.

The Purpose of the Security Updates

In order to address the ever-changing global security threats, PayPal will begin rolling out to two major changes to their security settings. PayPal posted, “These changes are to address industry-wide security issues and are not unique to PayPal. When implemented, they will improve the privacy and reliability of your PayPal integrations.”

Overview of the Security Updates

The impact of these security changes is dependent on the configuration of the individual shopping cart.

  1. There has been a change to the SSL standards PayPal will accept, based on industry standards. If you want to get technical…VeriSign Root Certificates with a G2 identifier are being phased out and only VeriSign Root Certificates with a G5 Identifier will be accepted. Individual shopping carts should be configured to use the new G5 certificate.
  2. There will be an update to the Encryption standard. Individual shopping carts should determine encryptions.

For more details on these security updates please see the PayPal Merchant Security Update Guide.

What This Means for Your Website

In order to avoid an interruption to service shopping carts must be compliant with the new security updates. What this means is your shopping cart will require updates: regardless of the platform on which it was built.

Local Link clients who are a part of our content management system (CMS) monitoring program have the added benefit of their plugin or module updates being included in that program. At this point Local Link does not expect any of the scope of work to be outside of that program.

Clients who are not yet a part of the CMS monitoring program can have their needs addressed on a case-by-case basis to make sure that their shopping cart is not adversely affected by the security changes. 

If you have any questions, or specific concerns regarding these updates or any others, please call us at, 603.433.1158. We can discuss your specific needs, and how Your Web Team can help.