Network Security

HTTPS encryption for all, says non-profit

There will soon be HTTPS encryption for everyone, according to the Let's Encrypt Project.

Late last year, Mozilla, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Cisco announced they would be supporting the “Let's Encrypt” project, aimed at providing free HTTPS for the whole internet. It was only a couple of days ago that Let's Encrypt announced another milestone in its attempts to bring encryption to the world.

Josh Aas, executive director of ISRG, the non-profit behind the project, said in a statement that “our certificates are now trusted by all major browsers.” Aas added, “This is a significant milestone since it means that visitors to websites using Let's Encrypt certificates can enjoy a secure browsing experience with no special configuration required.” All major web browsers now trust the free Let's Encrypt HTTPS certificates.

What most websites use now is HyperText Transfer Protocol, commonly known as HTTP. The large majority of sites use this but according to a recent post by Graham Cluley “it's also inherently insecure - opening up opportunities for criminals, companies and governments to spy on what we're doing, hijack accounts and steal information, inject malicious scripts into webpages and even censor access to sites.”

HTTPS on the other hand is what you see on your URL when you log into your account on a secure website, like Facebook, Twitter, or online banking.  It comes with the security that HTTP just doesn't.

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