The perils of free digital certificates

Open source certificate authority Let's Encrypt wants to give domain owners free and validated certificates, but the offer comes with a price

The perils of free digital certificates

Let’s Encrypt, the open source digital certificate authority backed by industry stalwarts Mozilla, Cisco, and Akamai, announced the release of its first certificate two days ago. Intended to ease the transition to TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol, the more secure successor to SSL, Let's Encrypt offers tools to automate how certificates are issued, configured, and renewed.

Accelerating TLS adoption by streamlining the certificate supply chain is a worthy goal, but it may have unintended consequences, including new potential vulnerabilities and an increase in certificate management hassles.

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