Will My Device Lose Access to OverDrive after October 30, 2020?

  • Posted on: 21 October 2020
  • By: Annie Phillips

OverDrive is the platform the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library uses to provide the Digital Media Zone's collection of eBooks and audiobooks for checkout. You typically access these books through dmz.overdrive.com or the Libby or OverDrive apps.

If you use the Libby or Kindle App, please disregard this article.

On October 30, 2020, OverDrive is making necessary security upgrades to protect the privacy of user data. These updates mean certain devices with older operating systems will lose access to the OverDrive app and OverDrive websites. If you see a message about losing access to the digital library after October 30, your device is affected by this change.

Here are the technical details about this change:

On October 30, 2020, OverDrive is ending support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1. OverDrive will remain compatible with TLS 1.2 (the industry standard version) and above. TLS (Transport Layer Security) is the technology that keeps data secure and private when it's sent over an internet connection. At OverDrive, TLS is what protects the privacy of data like library card numbers and individual browsing activity. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are outdated versions of this technology that have become vulnerable to web attacks over time. Along with tech industry leaders like Apple and Google, OverDrive is ending support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to ensure security and privacy for our users.

Please read this help article from OverDrive to find out how you can keep accessing the Digital Media Zone if you have an affected device or computer operating system.