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How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

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How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

I need 128-bit encryption capability on my web browser in order to use a specific financial website for bill paying, The site's encryption test shows that Firefox 4.0 (newly installed) does not provide that level of security. Help?

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

Firefox will match the level of encryption the website uses, and Firefox is capable of higher encryption than 128-bit (256-bit if that is what the website uses).

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

Firefox will match the level of encryption the website uses, and Firefox is capable of higher encryption than 128-bit (256-bit if that is what the website uses).

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

@the-edmeister. Does this "match" occur synchronously with input to the website or is some other means needed? Thank you.

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

It depends on which order the server offers. If the server offers 128 bit with a higher priority that 256 bit then Firefox will only select 256 bit if you would disable the 128 bit ciphers.

See also https://www.fortify.net/cgi/ssl_2.pl

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

@cor-el. Sorry, but I'm a novice using technology so your reply has confused me totally. Can you possibly simplify your answer for me? Thanks.

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

Firefox 4 for MAC does not work with the US government's security screening site: www.opm.gov/e-qip. Is there something I need to do on my end to let the e-qip site know that 128-bit high encryption is supported??

I get the following warning when e-qip tests my browser. Then I get kicked out.

Warning - We did not detect that your web browser supports 128-bit high encryption. If you have trouble connecting after you click the "Continue" button below, you will need to upgrade your web browser to a version that supports 128-bit encryption.

Thank you

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

Did you try to click the Continue button to see if that works?

Works for me with an AES-256 bit connection.

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

I think the www.opm.gov site may be looking for the U that was in the Firefox 3.6 and earlier useragents as it was one of the things removed in Firefox 4.0 and newer useagents. The site says it recognizes the browser but does not detect that your web browser supports 128-bit high encryption which contradicts.

The "U" stands for "USA" (for the version with 128-bit encryption) (since 1996).

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

Looks like you are right on that James!
Indeed adding "U;" to the user agent makes the red cross and the warning disappear.

That is however not the proper way to test for the presence of a feature.

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Re: How do I get 128-bit encryption in Firefox 4.0 for a financial website?

I get the following error message at the Texas Dept. of Licensing site : Browser 128-Bit SSL Verification Page

Browser Problem! Your Firefox 4.0.1 web browser has 0-Bit Encryption enabled.

This application requires a 128-Bit Encryption web browser, and so it cannot be used by your current browser.

You will need to download a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator with 128-Bit Encryption Strength in order to use the secure online payment system.