Happy birthday, let's shout!
The nonprofit was founded in 2014 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is supported by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and many others. Three years ago, on Friday, he issued his first certificate.
Since then, the numbers have exploded. To date, more than 380 million certificates have been issued on 129 million unique domains. Encrypt now secures 75% of the Web, according to public data from Firefox . This is a huge increase over its creation, where only 38% of web page loads were made over an HTTPS encrypted connection.
This also makes it the largest issuer of certificates in the world.
"Changing at this speed and on this scale is amazing," said a spokesperson at TechCrunch. "Encrypt is not the only one responsible for this change, but we have certainly catalyzed it."
HTTPS is what makes it possible to secure the Web's channels. Whenever your browser turns green or flashes a padlock, it is a TLS certificate that encrypts the connection between your computer and the website, ensuring that no one can intercept and steal your data or modify the website.
But for years, the certificate market was broken, expensive and difficult to navigate. In an effort to "encrypt the Web", the EFF and other bodies came together to make free TLS certificates available to the masses.
This means that bloggers, single-page websites and startups can get a free certificate easy to install – even information sites like TechCrunch rely on Let's Encrypt connection. Last month, Scott Helme and Troy Hunt security experts and encryption advocates, discovered that more than half of the millions of websites in terms of traffic passed over HTTPS.
As it grew, the issuer of certificates obtained the trust of the main players including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and others.
A fully encrypted website is still a failure. But with nearly a million Let's Encrypt certificates issued each day, it seems more than ever at hand.