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A Deeper Look Into The Security Changes Done In Quickbooks 2017

No doubt data security is crucial to every organization, no matter whether big or small. In the new, improved QuickBooks 2017, a good number of security-related modifications have been made in order to improve the overall security of customer’s data.

Updates done by Intuit are set to not only improve data security but also maintain absolute compliance with payroll, payment, and taxation laws. In this blog post, we will consider all such security-related changes that have been made.


Desktop Security Password

The desktop security password feature was introduced in 2015. Finally, this year, Intuit has implemented the same in QuickBooks 2017.

QuickBooks users should not expect any changes in the way this security password feature works. Nonetheless, Intuit is fully aware of the flexibility users are demanding in the current time and so they are also accordingly considering their options.

Multi-factor Authentication

In QuickBooks 2017, multi-factor authentication is used wherever you are prompted to log into your account. This is visible as one of the parts of “activation” routine as you install the program.


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Less Secured Windows Version Unsupported

QuickBooks 2017 is supported only on following –

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R1 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Thus, the less secure versions have been dropped out which include following –

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2011

Additionally, Internet Explorer versions that are older than IE11 are not supported anymore. This might raise the alarm for some people who have not upgraded yet.

It must be noted that in some cases, you need to use Internet Explorer in order to use QuickBooks no matter whether your primary browser is Google Chrome or some other.

No Support for Adobe Flash

Due to security issues, Adobe Flash has been completely removed. It can be considered a good move by intuit as Flash is not that secure. Most users may even not notice this change though.

Use of .NET Framework 4.6

QuickBooks 2017 will from now include the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6, an updated version of the Microsoft toolkit. Possibly, the updated version will not be installed in case you are having an older version (i.e. 4.0 or later).

As per Microsoft recommendation, the version 4.5.2 is required essentially for security reasons.

Transport Layer Security Upgraded

QuickBooks payment services have now migrated to TLS 1.2. Transport Layer Security 1.2 is the least level suggested for PCI compliance.

It’s highly recommended by experts that you should upgrade for security concerns in case you are still making use of an old computer system.

In case, you want to upgrade from QuickBooks 2013 or its previous versions, you may run into increased password protection scheme that attracted quite a lot of issues some time back.

From the above points, it becomes clear how Intuit has worked to keep its QuickBooks product fully compliant with current industry security standards.

To conclude, it must be mentioned here that Intuit has indeed intelligently upgraded QuickBooks desktop to improve data security and the new QuickBooks 2017 is a practical example of it.

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