Launched in 2016, Let’s Encrypt has released 1 billion free SSL certificates so far.
SSL – Secure Sockets Layer is the standard of security technology, encrypted communication between the web server and browser. Since 2014, Google has officially prioritized websites that support the HTTPS protocol in search results. From September, Apple’s Safari browser will also impose conditions on websites that use this protocol. Its importance is increasing.
Let’s Encrypt is a non-profit organization established with the sponsorship of large organizations in the world such as Facebook, Chrome, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai …; works with the purpose of providing completely free SSL certificates, making 100% of websites encrypted, creating a safer Internet environment. The SSL certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt is valid for 90 days. However, you can set up an automatic renewal of this certificate easily.
Because of its free offering, Let’s Encrypt must also impose some restrictions on this type of certificate to avoid wasting resources, register indiscriminate use. Refer here.
In just two and a half years, the number of websites that Let’s Encrypt serves has quadrupled.
“In June of 2017 we were serving approximately 46M websites, and we did so with 11 full-time staff and an annual budget of $2.61M. Today we serve nearly 192M websites with 13 full-time staff and an annual budget of approximately $3.35M.”
However, the number of full-time employees also increased by only 2, from 11 to 13.
Statistics on January 23, 2019, said, Let’s Encrypt has released an average of 1 million digital certificates every day. By the end of February 2020, Let’s Encrypt has issued a total of 1 billion free SSL certificates, after 4 years of operation.
— Let’s Encrypt (@letsencrypt) February 27, 2020
While using Let’s Encrypt’s free SSL certificate has saved webmasters a lot of money over the years, you should also consider using paid services for support as well as necessary insurance policies. Price currently only from $2.99/year.