Logo Source: Let’s Encrypt

Beginning this coming summer, a new certificate authority will allow any domain to obtain basic security certificates for free. Let’s Encrypt is sponsored by Mozilla Corporation, Cisco Systems, Akamai Technologies, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and IdenTrust Inc.

Let’s Encrypt is built on the idea of cooperation and openness. It is a simple one-click process developed with the help of researchers from the University of Michigan and through the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) to deliver an open Internet security infrastructure in 2015.

With so much personal and business information flowing through the internet. In the past, we have used SSL certificates. Now there is the successor TLS that is supported by every browser and device supporting it. The challenge, however, is the public-key certificate that needs to be used to verify the server you talk to so actually the one you are intending to talk to. For many operators, basic server certificates is a big hassle to obtain – the application process is confusing, it costs money, is tricky to install and frustrating to update.

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Let’s Encrypt wants to solve these problems by making their service:

Free – any domain is eligible for a certificate at no cost

Automatic – the enrollment process is easy and renewal occurs automatically

Secure – it will serve as a platform for security techniques and best practices

Transparent – records for certificate issuance and revocation is always available for those that wish to inspect them

Open – the software will be open-source as much as possible and there will be a standard of automated issuance and renewal

Cooperative – Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community and will not be controlled by a single organization


Sheila W.