Let’s Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority (CA) that offers FREE SSL certificates that are just as secure as paid certificates. This project was pioneered to make encrypted connections the default standard throughout the Internet.
The ‘Let’s Encrypt’ project is a large step forward for security and privacy on the Internet.
Key benefits of using a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate:
- It’s free – Anyone who owns a domain can obtain a trusted certificate for that domain at zero cost.
- It’s automatic – The entire enrollment process for certificates occurs painlessly during the server’s native installation or configuration process. The renewal occurs automatically in the background.
- It’s simple – There’s no payment, no validation emails, and certificates renew automatically.
- It’s secure – Let’s Encrypt serves as a platform for implementing modern security techniques and best practices.
We have used Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates for a few years now and we have had a lot of success. We have used them for client sites and internal projects, and we can safely recommend their use. The automatic renewal process that happens in the background is super helpful and reliable.