Let’s Encrypt, an online security initiative that was announced last year, launched in Beta on December third. The initiative is a new certificate authority that has worked with all the web giants including Mozilla and Cisco to come up with a way to transition all websites from HTTP to HTTPS, a more secure protocol. HTTP websites are not at all encrypted and are vulnerable to the online equivalent of eavesdropping. For the most part, HTTPS is more encrypted, and can prevent the majority of these types of hacking attacks.
In the past, HTTPS certificates have been expensive to get and hard to configure. When the certificate is poorly configured, users will get an error message warning them not to proceed, which can greatly affect the traffic flow to your website. The Let’s Encrypt initiative seeks to give free SSL certificates to any site that wants one. They will make it as easy as issuing one command to switch your entire site from HTTP to HTTPS, by using technologies to automatically verify certificates remotely.
Since launching in limited beta in September, Let’s Encrypt has issues 11,000 SSL certificates to transfer websites from HTTP to HTTPS. Now they are ready to offer this service to anyone who wants it, though they are still in Beta.
So, will you make the switch and protect your information as well as the information of your site’s users?
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