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Tony # Posted on April 16, 2018 at 4:09 am

Yeah the problem is you server can not connect to PayPal, or more accurately, PayPal is refusing the connection.

Based on what this says, the site should work with Paypal, despite some older versions of the software.

Regardless of what the plugin shows, you need to update curl to 7.29+ (just install the latest version) and I’d also recommend updating OpenSSL. The reason the CURL notice is in red is it’s an important update, it also sates to make sure you are running OpenSSL 1.0.1 OR X OR Y, which I’m guessing your are not, updating OpenSSL meets that criteria.

If you are unsure on how to update those you can contact your host and have them do it for you.

See: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/192944/how-to-fix-curl-sslv3-alert-handshake-failure

Our server is a Bluehost ‘shared’ host, so I can’t upgrade the TLS or cURL versions, without upgrading to a much more expensive package.

So they won’t update the server, or move you to another server that has been updated?

Could it be something to do with the HTTP postback to Paypal instead of HTTPS? How do I force that?

No, it’s a handshake failure, as in the connection is trying to negotiate which TLS version to use and your server and PayPal don’t agree on the correct protocol.

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