The free certificate authority sponsored by EFF, Mozilla, and others are continuing to make progress. I first shared about the group Let’s Encrypt in November of last year:
Through the Internet Security Research Group, Mozilla Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Akamai Technologies, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, Inc., and University of Michigan researchers are looking to create a new free certificate authority. This CA has the goal of allowing TLS-protected communication, the successor to SSL, a certificate to be installed on a server in a one-click process.
Yesterday, the organization posted their first certificate. It requires pre-installing their root certificate so the test site is seen as valid but it is making progress. This milestone is a week behind the updated schedule that they shared in early August. That schedule also planned for general availability on the week of November 16th.
To get the ISRG root certificate and see the first Let’s Encrypt certificate in action, visit: helloworld.letsencrypt.org