By now, most of you have heard about the “Let’s Encrypt” initiative. The idea being that it’s high time more websites had a simple, easy to manage method to offer https encryption. As luck would have it, the initiative is just out of its beta phase and has been adding sponsors like Facebook, Cisco, and Mozilla to their list of organizations that view this initiative as important.
In this article, I want to examine this initiative carefully, taking a look at the good and the bad of Let’s Encrypt.
Let’s Encrypt: the good stuff
Before Let’s Encrypt was made available to webmasters, obtaining a certificate for https meant spending a fair sum of money through trusted CA (certificate authorities) to gain the ability to encrypt traffic for your website. (Read the rest)