EFF, Others Launch New Free Security Certificate Authority To 'Dramatically Increase Encrypted Internet Traffic'

from the very-cool dept

The EFF and Mozilla along with some others, have teamed up to announce "Let's Encrypt" which is a new, free, certificate authority that is hoping to dramatically increase encrypted internet traffic when it launches next summer. The effort is being overseen by the Internet Security Research Group, which is the non-profit coalition of folks contributing to this effort. Not only is the effort going to offer free certificates, but also make it much easier to enable encryption.
We've argued for a long time about the importance of increasing encryption online, so it's great to see this effort.

Filed Under: certificate authority, encryption, https, let's encrypt, security, ssl
Companies: cisco, eff, internet security research group, mozilla

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    Joel Coehoorn, 18 Nov 2014 @ 1:50pm


    You DO need a certificate to encrypt a connection. While there are encryption schemes that don't use certs, if you want a web browser to use SSL, certs are where it's at.

    What you don't need is a *signed* certificate, or a certificate authority. But without a system of trust enabled by valid certificate authorities, encryption itself isn't much. As it's been said, "Encryption guarantees a conversion is private, but you could be having a private conversation with Satan". CA's enable you to have confidence that the person on the other end of the line is who they say they are... at least, that's what they're supposed to do.

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