It’s Time To Encrypt Everything

Let's Encrypt

I can’t believe I am admitting this, but all of rwbay.com is finally encrypted !

I’m late to the https party. Yeah, I know.

I’ve been working with websites and design for over eight years. I always made the decision to not buy an SSL certificate. I would help clients encrypt their sites, but never my own. One reason was that I never thought my sites were popular enough to encrypt them.

Today, I read a piece on Coding Horror called Let’s Encrypt Everything. Whoa, times are changing. The internet and technology are much more powerful. Hackers are more present. Everyone’s personal data is floating out there for someone to use.

The world has people like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, informing us on the dangers of losing control of our data. Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror wrote, “post Snowden, and particularly after the result of the last election here in the US, it’s clear that everything on the web should be encrypted by default.” This is more true than it has ever been. Thankfully, there is a movement to encrypt everything. One company, Let’s Encrypt, offers free SSL certificates to make this happen. Peter Eckersley at EFF said that Let’s Encrypt is “a new certificate authority (CA) initiative that we have put together with Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan that aims to clear the remaining roadblocks to transition the Web from HTTP to HTTPS.”

It took my 30 minutes to encrypt all my sites.

It feels great.

If you want to support the work of Let’s Encrypt, you can on their website.

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