Let’s Encrypt has hit an important milestone by issuing its one-billionth HTTPS certificate.
These Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates are essential when it comes to protecting visitors’ login credentials.
Prior to 2015, they were both pricey to obtain and challenging to implement.
However, when Let’s Encrypt came about, everything changed – suddenly, TLS certificates became free and simple to use.
The Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME) is the backbone of its functionality – it is what allows to generate a key in such a small timeframe.
With just a bit of effort on your part, Let’s Encrypt allows you to make your website appear secure in the eyes of your visitors.
Even if the website itself is not on the ethical side of the spectrum, these TLS certificates are such a trust-instilling force that even the bad guys are utilising them for securing their websites.
In the past, there were known cases of hackers misusing these certificates for misrepresenting their websites and masquerading as a trustworthy big-name company such as Apple, PayPal or Google.
In terms of prerequisites, any website qualifies.
Therefore, it is important to note that being able to establish a secure connection to a website and website security are two entirely different concepts.
Simply put, you can securely connect to a website full of malware.
Let’s Encrypt is actively working on taking the quality of its security to the next level – for instance, its domain validation methods are now stronger than they used to be.
The TLS certificate authorities want to make sure that the applicant is the same person who controls the domain they are looking to get a certificate for, therefore making it harder for someone to hijack a website.
Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit organisation that has made a great effort to make the World Wide Web a safer place.
To make a donation, feel free to visit the official website.