Getting a free TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt

Oct. 8, 2017 1 comment ADMIN Magazine Encryption & Authentication encryption firewall security

Let's Encrypt [1] is an open-source project with the goal of making sure every website is encrypting with TLS. The Let's Encrypt project is sponsored by organizations such as Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, EFF, gandi.net, and many more. The primary role of Let's Encrypt is to offer trusted and free TLS certificates for everyone. Users can even copy and integrate Let's Encrypt technology into their own networks, which means any website can now offer a encrypted option for no cost. On May 8th 2016, Let's Encrypt issued its one millionth certificate. Building In Trust Let's Encrypt requires that whoever requests a certificate must prove they control the website for which the certificate is intended. If you wish to receive the certificate for a website, the DNS entry for the domain must point to your IP address in DNS. To request a certificate for http://www.hanscees.com , I had to run a script on the web server serving http://www.hanscees.com , asking the Let's Encrypt staging-server (LSS) fo...

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Irina Alexandra Negrii 3 months, 1 week ago

In order to get a certificate for your website’s domain from Let’s Encrypt, you have to demonstrate control over the domain. With Let’s Encrypt, you do this using software that uses the ACME protocol, which typically runs on your web host.

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