Let’s Encrypt -Free HTTPS Certificate Authority Project reached to the Public Beta Stage. On 3rd December 2015, Let’s Encrypt has been opened to public. Anyone can get Free SSL/TLS (Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security) certificates for their web servers and to set up HTTPS websites in a few simple steps. Let’s Encrypt issued over 26,000 certificates during the Limited Beta period. And now, it’s Public Beta period has been started.

Let's Encrypt

What is Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Not just free, but the initiative also makes HTTPS implementation easier for any website or online shopping site owner in order to ensure the security of their customers’ data.

Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) is a California public benefit corporation, and is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISRG’s mission is to reduce financial, technological, and education barriers to secure communication over the Internet.

Let’s Encrypt Principles

According to About Page, the key principles behind Let’s Encrypt are:

  • Free: Anyone who owns a domain name can use Let’s Encrypt to obtain a trusted certificate at zero cost.
  • Automatic: Software running on a web server can interact with Let’s Encrypt to painlessly obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal.
  • Secure: Let’s Encrypt will serve as a platform for advancing TLS security best practices, both on the CA side and by helping site operators properly secure their servers.
  • Transparent: All certificates issued or revoked will be publicly recorded and available for anyone to inspect.
  • Open: The automatic issuance and renewal protocol will be published as an open standard that others can adopt.
  • Cooperative: Much like the underlying Internet protocols themselves, Let’s Encrypt is a joint effort to benefit the community, beyond the control of any one organization.

Let’s Encrypt Details

The certificates given by this Authority recognized by all major browsers, including Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Technical details can be found here and you can see the sponsors from this link.