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How to Disable SSL

by Jason ArtmanUpdated September 28, 2017

On the Web, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is used to encrypt communication. This feature is used on websites that require a user name and password for entry, to make it more difficult for a hacker to intercept your communication and steal your personal information. In most cases, leaving SSL enabled is desirable, as it increases your security when you browse the Web. However, Web browsers generally give you the ability to disable this feature if you wish. Disable SSL in your Web browser if you do not want users on your computer to display SSL-enabled websites.

Internet Explorer

Click the "Tools" button or menu at the top of the screen, then click "Internet Options."

Click the "Advanced" tab. Scroll down to the "Security" section and remove the checks from next to "Use SSL 2.0," "Use SSL 3.0" and "Use TLS 1.0."

Click "OK."

Mozilla Firefox

Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Options."

Click the "Advanced" button, then click the "Encryption" tab below it.

Remove the checks from next to "Use SSL 3.0" and "Use TLS 1.0."

Click "OK."

Google Chrome

Click the wrench-shaped icon at the top of the screen, then click "Options."

Click the "Under the Hood" tab, then scroll down to the "Security" section.

Remove the check from next to "Use SSL 2.0."

Click "Close."

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About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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