Let’s Encrypt has reached a milestone: we’ve now issued more than 100,000,000 certificates.
When Let’s Encrypt’s service first became available, less than 40% of page loads on the Web used HTTPS. It took the Web 20 years to get to that point. In the 19 months since we launched, encrypted page loads have gone up by 18%, to nearly 58%. That’s an incredible rate of change for the Web. Contributing to this trend is what we’re most proud of.
watch our video to setup your own at the end of this post.
By upgrading your Site to SSL you are providing a secure encrypted connection between the browser user and the website. This helps to keep the information they share with you securely. Google is keen to push the use of SSL. So the google chrome browser, which is used by a majority of users, will actually warn users who try to submit information on a non-SSL site. This has pushed people with e-commerce sites to consider again whether they should have SSL. The use of SSL sites for credit card processing has been compulsory for many years and certificate systems have been available for longer. The difference with let’s encrypt is that these certificates have previously been a premium product. The certificates are charged for and needed a hosting company to provide a dedicated IP address, adding more to the costs.
Let’s encrypt certificates are a free generic certificate. Using new technology supported by most modern browsers, no longer need a dedicated IP address. Many hosting companies have added it to part of their added value services within the Cpanel controls. This means that adding SSL to your site is free and requires little technical knowledge of the effort. So, if your site collects any information you should really consider adding SSL as soon as possible.
Your Search Engine Position
Switching your site to SSL will not lose you the google listings you have already made. Indeed Google has said that it will start giving preference to SSL sites like it is to mobile friendly sites.