The University of Michigan, Electronics Frontier Foundation (EFF), Cisco, Akamai and Mozilla have rallied together to provide everyone with a free HTTPS Certificate. Their goal is a securing the whole internet. We know that the internet is full of hackers, eavesdroppers, tappers and surveillance. This is supported by Google, Facebook and many other big internet companies as well.
The expansion of internet is increasing the users. With that their vulnerable information is also being public. These big organizations have joined hands to provide free HTTPS certificate. It will be recognized by almost every browsers. This service will start in early 2015 and will be provided by Lets Encrypt.org.
It is a very good and big news to everyone if this becomes successful. Usually SSL Certificates cost money yearly. The issuing companies charge yearly but also give insurance. The high end EV SSL provide higher security and even compensation if something goes wrong.
What is SSL Certificate
The HTTPS Certificates are special signed set of protocols that protect the user information. It protects the information from being hacked or being used during online transaction. Users would normally see “http://” before a website or a domain. You can also see green lock in some important websites and pages. Sometimes there is a green big bar as well. There will be “https://” before their website or domain name. This means HTTP Secure.
The web server users SSL or TSL to provide HTTPS encryption. This means no one can look into your credentials. They can’t hack your log in, account, or intercept your data. For this service you had to money. The price are according to the security level which could be up to $4000 a year. It is because the companies would give compensation in case of hack or a case of HTTPS Certificate failure. The certificate is only valid if it is recognized by the web browsers.
Till this date HTTPS is used where there is risk of theft of hacking of personal and very serious information. This new giveaway project is going to make the whole internet secure. If everyone gets these certificates free every website will install them. Browsing will be secure for everyone. This is like having a secure line with a user so that no one tap your call, trace it and mess with it.
HTTPS Certificate installation is tricky work. Servers also take small amount of additional resource and power to install it. Many hosting providers are planning to support this program. There is a way using cloud flare but it isn’t necessary for us now. We will install the HTTPS certificate after it is available and fit for installation.
Update: This is 2018 and Google now requires all websites to have SSL Certificate and use HTTPS. We migrated long time ago and we use Let’s Encrypt and Cloudflare SSL at same time. After almost 4 years, the project is in full phase and this was very successful.