How Do I Disable TLS 1.0 Web Server?


Angela Bailey

Today, we will learn how to disable TLS 1.0 on a web server. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is a cryptographic protocol that ensures secure communication over a network.

While TLS 1.0 is still widely supported by many servers and clients, it has known vulnerabilities that can put your data at risk. Therefore, it is recommended to disable TLS 1.0 and use more secure versions like TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2.

Why Disable TLS 1.0?

TLS 1.0 has several security vulnerabilities that make it susceptible to attacks such as BEAST (Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS), POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption), and others. These vulnerabilities allow attackers to decrypt sensitive data or perform other malicious activities.

Step-by-Step Guide: Disabling TLS 1.0

Step 1: Identify the Web Server Software

The process of disabling TLS 1.0 depends on the web server software you are using, as each server has its own configuration settings.

Step 2: Backup Configuration Files

Before making any changes, it is always recommended to back up your configuration files in case something goes wrong or you need to revert the changes.

  • For Apache Web Server:
    • Create a backup of the Apache configuration file (/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf) or the virtual host configuration file specific to your website.
  • For Nginx Web Server:
    • Create a backup of the Nginx configuration file (/etc/nginx/nginx.
  • For Microsoft IIS:
    • Create a backup of the IIS configuration file (C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config).

Step 3: Edit Configuration Files

Now, let's edit the configuration files to disable TLS 1.0.

  • For Apache Web Server:
    • Open the Apache configuration file (/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf) or the virtual host configuration file specific to your website using a text editor.
    • Search for the line containing "SSLProtocol". If it doesn't exist, add it in the appropriate section.
    • Edit the line to include only secure protocols like TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2, and remove TLS 1. For example:
      SSLProtocol -ALL +TLSv1.1 +TLSv1.2
  • For Nginx Web Server:
    • Open the Nginx configuration file (/etc/nginx/nginx.
    • Add the following line inside the "server" block:
      ssl_protocols TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
  • For Microsoft IIS:
    • Open the IIS Manager and select your website.
    • Go to "SSL Settings" for your website.
    • Deselect the checkbox for "Enable SSL".

Step 4: Restart the Web Server

After making the necessary changes, restart your web server to apply the new configuration.

  • For Apache Web Server:
    • Run the following command to restart Apache:
      sudo systemctl restart httpd
  • For Nginx Web Server:
    • Run the following command to restart Nginx:
      sudo systemctl restart nginx
  • For Microsoft IIS:
    • In IIS Manager, select your website and click on "Restart" in the Actions pane.

Congratulations! You have successfully disabled TLS 1.0 on your web server. Now, your server will only accept secure connections using TLS 1.2, providing better security for your users.


In this tutorial, we learned how to disable TLS 1. By disabling this outdated and vulnerable protocol, you significantly improve the security of your website and protect your users' data. Remember to always stay updated with the latest security practices and regularly patch your server software.