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Let’s Encrypt – Free, Automated and Open New Certificate Authority

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Let’s Encrypt – Free, Automated and Open New Certificate Authority

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. Let’s Encrypt is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). The key principles behind Let’s Encrypt are: a) Free: Anyone who owns a domain name can use Let’s Encrypt to obtain a trusted certificate at zero cost; b) 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; c) 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; d) Transparent: All certificates issued or revoked will be publicly recorded and available for anyone to inspect; e) Open: The automatic issuance and renewal protocol will be published as an open standard that others can adopt; and f) 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. This will be added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™.

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