Trying to sync to AnkiWeb for the first time and I keep getting an error message


I am trying to sync my Anki Decks to ankiweb for the first time (I use the app on my mac) and I keep getting this error message:

Syncing failed:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “aqt/sync.pyc”, line 324, in run
File “aqt/sync.pyc”, line 341, in _sync
File “anki/sync.pyc”, line 622, in hostKey
File “anki/sync.pyc”, line 596, in req
File “httplib2/init.pyc”, line 1597, in request
File “httplib2/init.pyc”, line 1345, in _request
File “aqt/sync.pyc”, line 467, in _conn_request
File “httplib2/init.pyc”, line 1036, in connect
SSLHandshakeError: [SSL: TLSV1_ALERT_PROTOCOL_VERSION] tlsv1 alert protocol version (_ssl.c:661)

I was reading some other forums and figured I may need to update my version of Anki, but as I’ve never synced before and was wondering if this would cause me to lose all of my decks/data? Or will the data carry on from the old decks to the new version? (My USMLE Step 1 is in a couple of weeks so I’m nervous about playing with all the Anki settings)

Please help and thank you!

when you install a new version of anki, anki will keep all your data (cards, deck, review history, etc.)
just close the version of anki that you have and install the newer version. you don’t need to worry about losing anything.