Let's Encrypt

Come Summer 2015, webmasters not already using SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt their website’s traffic will be able to do so for free using a single package that automates the whole process of proving to a certificate authority (CA) that they own their domain, getting and installing the certificate and even renewing and revoking it as needed.

What is currently a hassle will be taken care of simply by typing two commands – sudo apt-get install lets-encrypt; lets-encrypt example.com. That will be like going from HTTP to HTTPS in a flash.

Related Post:  Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

That early 2015 Xmas present will come courtesy of Let’s Encrypt, a new Certificate Authority (CA) that, starting next year, will be providing free, automated and open digital certificates. The whole process will be made possible by the Automated Certificate Management Environment (ACME), “a protocol for automating the management of domain-validation certificates, based on a simple JSON-over-HTTPS interface.”

Let’s Encrypt is a service of Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), a non-profit organization formed by Mozilla Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Akamai Technologies, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, Inc., and researchers at the University of Michigan.

Related Post:  Running Node.js on Linux with systemd

Let’s Encrypt is a service I’m looking forward to, because, as you can see, this website is still using HTTP. So yes, I’m rooting for ISRG. For a technical overview of how the service will work, visit https://letsencrypt.org/howitworks/technology/. The code behind ACME is hosted at GitHub, so if you’re a coder and have the time to contribute, head over to https://github.com/letsencrypt/acme-spec.

Let's Encrypt
Figure 1: How Let’s Encrypt will work.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Hola! Did you notice that LinuxBSDos.com no longer runs network ads?  Yep, no more ads from the usual suspects that track you across the Internet.  But since  I still need to pay to keep the site running, feel free to make a small donation by PayPal.

Subscribe for updates. Trust me, no spam!

Mailchimp Signup Form

Sponsored links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2020.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest

On social media
Via my newsletter
Mailchimp Signup Form

Partner links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2021.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.
Hacking, pentesting distributions

Linux Distributions for Hacking

Experts use these Linux distributions for hacking, digital forensics, and pentesting.


The authors of these books are confirmed to speak during

Algorithm Conference

T-minus AI

Author was the first chairperson of AI for the U.S. Air Force.

The case for killer robots

Author is the Director of the Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Why greatness cannot be planned

Author works on AI safety as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs.

Anastasia Marchenkova

An invitation from Anastasia Marchenkova

Hya, after stints as a quantum researcher at Georgia Tech Quantum Optics & Quantum Telecom Lab, and the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, I’m now working on superconducting qubit quantum processors at Bleximo. I’ll be speaking during Algorithm Conference in Austin, Texas, July 16 – 18, 2020. Meet me there and let’s chat about progress and hype in quantum computing.