Today the Let’s Encrypt initiative has announced that only 3 months after opening to the public, 1 million certificates for encrypting web traffic have been issued. 90% of the sites for which certificates have been requested did not encrypt their traffic before. In other words Let’s Encrypt’s mission to foster adoption of HTTPS by making it simple to get a certificate is working very well indeed!
This, by the way, also applies to this web site as I also use a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate! I’ve previously hosted this blog at Typepad and one of the many reasons to leave was to get my site’s data traffic properly encrypted during transport. One nice side effect of this is that I no longer need to establish a VPN tunnel to write posts during my daily commute as everything is encrypted now.
Congratulations to Let’s Encrypt!