SSL Will be Free Starting Summer 2015

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Historically you have had to pay anything from $10 dollars to over $1000 for an SSL certificate for your website. If you hunt around you can find free SSL certificates but they are either a paid ‘trial’ or part of some other commercial incentive to get you to sign up with a service where you will inevitably part with your money one way or another.

Yesterday, November 18th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced a project that will make SSL and encryption on the web completely free. They have created a non-profit organization called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) in collaboration with Mozilla, the University of Michigan, Cisco, Akamai and Identrust.

The ISRG are launching a project called Lets Encrypt which will be making free SSL certificates available for any website starting Summer 2015. But they go further than that. It has always been fairly technical to install an SSL certificate and so Lets Encrypt are creating applications for platforms like Linux and other web hosting operating systems that let you install and activate SSL for your web server with a few keystrokes.

So the net result is that, starting Summer 2015, not only will SSL for any website on the Net be completely free, but you will also be able to install and activate SSL on your site with just a few keystrokes and no payment.

Below is the official Lets Encrypt video which does a great job of making it clear how easy (and cost free) it’s going to be to install an SSL certificate from the project.

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  1. Katy Pillman November 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I’m sorry, this is not going to be successful. SSL must cost money as if it was free, many businesses wouldn’t be successful. This can work with untrusted certificates, but for fully protected certificates, this causes security issues. I could get the SSL for facebook.com; have it be trusted, and take several of people’s accounts. SSL will never be free.

    • Gabriel Graves December 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

      No. You would not be able to get an SSL certificate for facebook.com that is trusted on most systems without owning facebook.com. At very least, SSL companies verify that you actually own the domain that you are trying to get a certificate for (either by sending an email to the addresses listed in the WHOIS or by uploading a file to the domain). This can easily be successful as it is already happening for http://www.startssl.com who has been around for many years already and is widely trusted by browsers and operating systems.

  2. ebey November 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    maybe geekbraindump can get a SSL too lol

    • Katy Pillman November 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      It use to with the social toolbar on the bottom, but Eli removed it.

  3. Amit Sharma January 1, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Yeah you are right, if it will be free than any hackers could create a fake shopping website and encrypt it to do its job.

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