A Simple Explanation Of Lets Encrypt SSL Certificates

Lets Encrypt is a Certificate Authority (otherwise known as a CA) that provides FREE SSL certificates. The intention of giving away these free certificates is to promote a more secure internet and although they are free certificates, they are by no means less safe. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of this type of SSL and when it’s most appropriate to use it.

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How does an SSL Certificate work?

Before we start, what is SSL?

SSL stands for “Secure Socket Layer”. This is a standard technology used to create an encrypted channel between a server and a browser. This is meant to allow sensitive information to pass securely between a user and a server without being at risk of data theft or “man in the middle” attacks.

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What is SSL and how does it make my site better?

Ever noticed certain web addresses start with “http://” while others might start with “https://”? When you browse sites that require you to provide sensitive information like credit card numbers or other sensitive personal info you might have noticed that extra “s” pop up from time to time. That extra “s” means that you are visiting a site that is secured and encrypted. Any data that you will share with that site will be protected by a technology we call SSL, otherwise known as Secure Sockets Layer.

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