Encryption

Let’s Encrypt – Authority to Provide Free SSL Certificates

Let’s Encrypt — A Certificate Authority to Provide Free SSL Certificates for Entire Web

These days encryption is becoming a need for every internet user. Google, Apple, Yahoo! and many tech gaints are adopting encryption to provide their users privacy at their best, but according to (EFF) Electronic Frontier Foundation, the high tech Web security technologies should not be limited to the richest technology firms.

The EFF non profit foundation has partnered with many big reputed companies including Cisco, Mozilla and Akamai to offer free HTTPS/SSL certificates for those companies who are running servers on the internet from the beginning of 2015, in order to encourage people to encrypt users’ connections to their sites. Until now, switching web server from HTTP TO HTTPS is something very hard and expensive for website operators and also hard to install and maintain it. But
after the launch of free certificate authority (CA), known as Let’s Encrypt, it will be very easy for web masters to run encrypted & secure HTTPS websites.

Free SSL Certificate

Let’s Encrypt claims to provide not just for free, but also an easy way to get and use a digital cryptographic certificates (TLS) to secure their website, and it’s necessary for every website operator as certificates provide a digital mechanism to let a browser trust a Web server’s encryption.

“Let’s Encrypt is a new free digital certificate authority, built on a foundation of cooperation and openness, that lets everyone be up and running with basic server certificates for their domains through a simple one-click process,”the official website explains. “For many server operators, getting even a basic server certificate is just too much of a hassle. The application process can be confusing. It’s tricky to install correctly. It’s a pain to update.”

Let’s Encrypt is a combined effort of Mozilla – Firefox browser maker, Cisco Systems – network equipment maker, Akamai Technologies – Internet content distributor, digital-era rights advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust- certificate provider and researchers from the University of Michigan.

Those Web Developers who want to test this amazing service can go to GitHub, where the code is available publicly. Thing to be noted that it is not yet meant for production servers, and if the warning is ignored, chances that your users will see lots of warnings about your certificate which will always keep hiding your site from your user.

“EFF Technology Projects Director Peter Eckersley said in a statement, This project should boost everyday data protection for almost everyone who uses the Internet,”.

“Right now when you use the Web, many of your communications—your user names, passwords, and browsing histories—are vulnerable to hackers and others. By making it easy, fast, and free for websites to install encryption for their users, we will all be safer online.”

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