Encrypt your website traffic, for free

11 Jun 2018

If your website uses ordinary HTTP to connect then you’re exposing your visitors’ data needlessly. You should instead use HTTPS by installing an SSL certificate on your site. SSL certificates can cost hundreds of dollars per year, but you can get a free one from Let’s Encrypt.

Why are they giving away something other companies charge big money for? Simple. Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit with the mission to get all web traffic encrypted and secure.

HTTPS Advantages

Installing a Let’s Encrypt certificate

Installing a Let’s Encrypt certificate is…complicated. In many cases it requires writing a command-line script and assigning it to a cron job, but once it’s done you’re set. The certificate auto-renews every few months and you don’t have to think about it. The procedure for doing this will depend on your web host.