Let’s Encrypt has entered public beta and this is a huge step towards establishing greater online security and privacy all over the world.
Let’s Encrypt offers free digital certificates to its users, making it really easy for businesses and everyone else without the proper funds to encrypt all data without any problem. On Thursday, 03 December 2015, they have entered public beta and their announcement says it all: “It’s time for the Web to take a big step forward in terms of security and privacy. We want to see HTTPS become the default. Let’s Encrypt was built to enable that by making it as easy as possible to get and manage certificates.”
Traffic between the user and the service can be encrypted with the help and active contribution of digital SSL/TLS certificates. As Let’s Encrypt has put it, it is high time HTTPS became the default and not the exception to the rule. Even though such knowledge has been brought to light a long time ago, still many businesses cannot cope with the financial obligations related to the installation of digital certificates. This is where the open-source and automated certificate of Let’s Encrypt can come in really handy! It is free and thus it poses no burden to the people who wish to use it.
Support for Python 3.0 is about to be added shortly, as they are still working on some issues and they are trying to make the most out of what is in their hands. So, rather than having to pay up to $800 for digital certificates, now organizations all over the world can do so gratis.
If you want some further inspiration as to why SSL/TLS certificates need to be used online, you can have a look at the attacks held against websites that lacked such protection. If you recall, the Dutch CA DigiNotar was breached some years ago (in 2011) and a hacker issued malicious CAs, instead of the right ones. This has led to attacks, such as those against Iranian citizens.
Besides attacks, digital certificates can also help you out against snooping experiences – let’s say, from the government or any other prying eyes. If you remember what Edward Snowden has been talking about regarding the NSA, you know what we mean! This is why the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has embraced the public beta era of Let’s Encrypt with a special post: “Today marks a major milestone for the encrypted Web. Let’s Encrypt, the free and automated certificate authority, has entered Public Beta. That means it’s easier than ever for websites to adopt HTTPS encryption… A fully encrypted Web is within reach. Let’s Encrypt is going to help us get there.”