What is Let’s Encrypt Certificate Authority?

Blog Article

 May 1st, 2019

People and organizations around the world obtain, renew, and manage SSL/TLS certificate in order to maintain a secure web presence.  Let's Encrypt is an automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).  Let’s Encrypt is run by a small team and relies on automation to keep costs down.   Among other things, support is also provided by your trusted hosting provider.  Let's Encrypt is a nonprofit organization based out of California.  Its mission is to create a more secure and privacy-respecting world wide web by promoting the widespread adoption of HTTPS.  So why choose Let’s Encypt?

Free!

One of the best things about Let’s Encrypt is that their SSL’s are free!  Their mission is to create a more secure and privacy-respecting world wide web by promoting the widespread adoption of HTTPS.  Thus, their services are free and easy to use so that every website can deploy HTTPS.

Support

Along with support provided by your trusted hosting provider, helpful documentation is also provided at https://letsencrypt.org/docs/.  They also have a very active and helpful community support forum.

Security

Let’s Encrypt aims to be compatible with as much software as possible without compromising security.   The encryption process of an SSL certificate depends entirely on your certificate and the configuration of your SSL/TLS.  In other words, it does not depend on the Certificate Authority (i.e. Let’s Encrypt).  Therefore, when the automated process creates a 2048 bit certificate (you can also generate a 4096 bit certificate), you can rest assured that your SSL are very secure.  Also, while Let’s Encrypt does not make any money out of offering free SSL’s, it is an organization that relies on donations and is in fact backed up by companies such as Automattic (the makers of Akismet Anti-Spam), Sucuri (an industry leader in security), Mozilla, Google and Facebook.

Another outstanding feature is that while normal SSL’s last for 12 months, Let’s Encrypt expires in 90 days with FREE renewals.  This means that your SSL is updating every 3 months, which just adds to the constant vigilance of maintaining a safe and secure web presence.

Ease of Installation

The old process used to be about obtaining a CSR, send the CSR to your certificate authority company to verify ownership, purchase the SSL, install and then configure your site to use the SSL.  Now a days, it’s all about automation; few clicks, instant install.  The old complicated process is now obsolete.

Conclusion

Let’s Encrypt SSL is all about security and ease of installation, which is provided free.  This feature is provided by Sectorlink in its Cloud Web Hosting service.  If you have not yet signed up for cloud web hosting, what are you waiting for?  Get your free SSL with your cloud hosting today!