Let’s Encrypt announced Tuesday that they’re finally leaving beta and also have new sponsors. Joining the other sponsors, which include heavy-hitters like Facebook, OVH, and Google Chrome, are Cisco, Akamai, HP Enterprise, and several others.
For the uninitiated, Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority for SSL/TLS, that’s “free, automated, and open” and accepted by all major browsers.
Ever since its launch in September 2015, growth has been exponential with no end in site. So far, 3.8 million websites are using Let’s Encrypt. Because of this growth, “We’ve gained tremendous operational experience and confidence in our systems. The beta label is simply not necessary any more.”
While 3.8 million may be a drop in the bucket, it’s 3.8 million less unencrypted domains.
“We set out to encrypt 100% of the Web. We’re excited to be off to a strong start, and with so much support across the industry.”
Let’s Encrypt is indeed off to a strong start. Recently, WordPress recently utilized Let’s Encrypt to enable SSL/TLS on all of its blogs.
Chief Architect at Akamai, Stephen Ludin, made the statement: “From the very beginning, Akamai has been committed to supporting Let’s Encrypt’s vision of enabling greater use of SSL/TLS across the internet, This milestone is confirmation of Let’s Encrypt’s ability to execute on that vision and have a tremendous impact to the Internet ecosystem.”
It’s exciting to see the web becoming a more secure place.
You can find instructions on setting up Let’s Encrypt here.