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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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2014 @ 1:11pm

    You don't need a certificate to encrypt a connection the certificate is merely to prove that someone is who they say they are. So I don't see how a certificate authority makes it 'easier' to enable encryption.

    With regard to offering free certificates do they do background checks on those requesting a certificate or can anyone just get one?

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