Let’s Encrypt!

letsencrypt-logo-horizontalThanks to the Let’s Encrypt project you can now browse my website in glorious https using the free Let’s Encrypt certificate.  It was fairly simply to get the certificate issued and set up the automatic renewal job on the web server.  Let’s Encrypt is providing an interesting service to the masses by making basic https (TLS) encryption free and easily accessible.  In years past SSL certificates would cost hundreds of dollars.  That has changed in recent years with basic certificates coming down to just $5.  But, for sites like this one that I run for fun and don’t make money off of, even $5 seemed like an unnecessary cost and hassle.  Well, Let’s Encrypt virtually eliminates both of those two final barriers.  By providing free certificates issued through their script, there is practically no reason to NOT be running https on your site now.  Thanks Let’s Encrypt 🙂