A SECURITY CERTIFICATE EFFORT involving the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust and the University of Michigan has lived up to promises to be in order by 2015.
Plans for the free open source certificate authority and its Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) administrator were revealed in November last year.
The promise was to provide a more secure way of providing secure certificates that is simple and good. Things are going well, according to the newest information from the IRSG, and it is close to lighting a rocket under the average website's transition from HTTP to HTTPS.
Cross-signatures have been provided by IdenTrust, and are "trusted by all major browsers". This should push things forward.
We are trusted! https://t.co/8hSWk3Y6Hi— Let's Encrypt (@letsencrypt) October 20, 2015
"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," explained the group.
"Vital personal and business information is flowing over the internet more frequently than ever, and it's time to encrypt all of it. That's why we created Let's Encrypt, and we're excited to be one big step closer to bringing secure connections to every corner of the web."
The step has been a relatively long time coming, but long times are what the group wants to put an end to. Last year, when we were in the introductory stages, the EFF suggested that certificates would be flying out like whipcracks.
"The need to obtain, install, and manage certificates from that bureaucracy is the largest reason that sites keep using HTTP instead of HTTPS. In our tests, it typically takes a web developer one to three hours to enable encryption for the first time," the EFF said.
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