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Increase Security with a New Opt-In Endpoint for SMTP Auth Clients

Unlocking the Power of Exchange Online with TLS 1.2
The modern workplace is all about leveraging the power of the cloud to do more, faster and with greater efficiency. As such, Exchange Online has become the go-to solution for companies of all sizes that need to manage their email-related operations. Exchange Online is a robust cloud-based email platform that provides businesses with access to a wide range of features, including secure communication, collaboration tools, and advanced search capabilities.

As an Exchange Online professional, one of the most important aspects of the platform is ensuring that your company’s data is kept safe and secure. To that end, Microsoft has introduced a new endpoint to Exchange Online that provides full TLS 1.2 support. This new endpoint provides a secure connection between your company’s servers and Exchange Online, which will help protect your company’s data from malicious actors.

What is TLS 1.2?
TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a security protocol that is used to encrypt data in transit. It is the successor to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, which was the predecessor to TLS. TLS 1.2 is the latest version of the protocol, and provides enhanced security over its predecessors. Specifically, TLS 1.2 provides additional encryption algorithms and improved key management, which makes it more difficult for malicious actors to intercept your company’s data.

What are the Benefits of TLS 1.2 for Exchange Online?
The primary benefit of TLS 1.2 for Exchange Online is that it provides an additional layer of security for your company’s data. As mentioned earlier, TLS 1.2 is more secure than its predecessors, which means that malicious actors are less likely to be able to intercept your company’s data. Additionally, TLS 1.2 is more efficient than earlier versions of TLS, which can help reduce latency and improve the performance of your Exchange Online services.

How Do I Enable TLS 1.2 for Exchange Online?
Enabling TLS 1.2 for Exchange Online is relatively straightforward. First, you will need to make sure that your company’s servers support TLS 1.2. If they do not, you will need to upgrade them to a version that does. Once you have verified that your servers are TLS 1.2 compatible, you can enable the new endpoint in the Exchange Admin Center. Simply navigate to the “Organization” section and select “Exchange Online”. From there, click the “Settings” tab and then click the “Enable TLS 1.2” button.

Conclusion
TLS 1.2 is an important security protocol that provides an additional layer of security for Exchange Online. By enabling the new endpoint in the Exchange Admin Center, you can ensure that your company’s data is kept safe from malicious actors. With TLS 1.2 enabled, you can rest assured that your company’s data is secure and that your Exchange Online services are performing optimally.
References:
New opt-in endpoint available for SMTP AUTH clients still needing legacy TLS

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