Give it Up for Let’s Encrypt

Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, Sept 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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There is a push afoot - led by Google but supported by multitudes - to move the entire web to encrypted communication. Websites which use 'https' are encrypted, but the others aren't. Encryption requires a certificate, which has always been the stumbling block, because these require verified identity, and they can be expensive, especially if (like me) you're running a number of domains. Jim Groom's post highlights Let's Encrypt, an effort to get free certificates into the hands of website owners in a drive to encrypt everything. I'll have to wait until January of 2018 for the wildcard certificates. Also, while I've gone through the install process a few times now (once for downes.ca which has a now-expired certificate, and also for my mail server) it still remains mysterious and complicated. 

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