Let’s Encrypt? You Ask, We Answer!
Lately Let’s Encrypt has been a very hot topic on the web. As usual, each and every new service, that is available for free, raises various discussions and numerous questions. We tried to sum up and answer most of them. 🙂
What is Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority that provides an encrypted connection between a web browser and the server just like the widely popular SSL certificates. However, this certificate is available for free and it uses a simplified issue process. What is more, you can easily activate it through cPanel without any need of email validation or a complicated configuration process. Let’s Encrypt is very similar to SSL certificates with domain validation. The activation period lasts 90 days. Afterwards the certificate is automatically renewed.
Before you decide on choosing the Let’s Encrypt certificate to encrypt your website connection, have a look at its advantages and disadvantages.
- The certificate is available for free.
- There is a green lock in your browser.
- Installation is a piece of cake and the issue process is super fast.
- The certificate is secure as it uses the best possible practices for data encryption.
- It is supported on most web browsers.
- However, currently Let’s Encrypt is still not supported for IDN or cyrillic domains.
- Neither is it supported on older browsers or mobile devices.
- Reduced validation requirements cause low trustworthiness.
- There is no option for dynamic web-to-print.
- Let’s Encrypt is yet not so popular online, contrary to established publishers such as VeriSign, GeoTrust and Comodo.
When should you trust Let’s Encrypt?
This certificate is suitable for small personal websites or blogs. Today it is believed that search engines recognize as more reliable websites using an encrypted connection. This turns Let’s Encrypt into a wonderful choice for your website with no need for further investments.
When should you choose a paid SSL certificate?
Paid SSL certificates cover a broader range of browsers and devices. Brands of renowned publishers such as GeoTrust are popular among users around the world. They already have an established reputation and inspire greater user confidence. If your business website has fill-out forms requiring personal or sensitive data, using the SSL certificate is a better choice. There is a wide range of SSL offers, among which you can find the most suitable solution for your business.
Since September 12, 2016 Let’s Encrypt certificates are supported with all shared hosting plans.