As of 03 March 2020, free SSL Certificate provider, Let’s Encrypt, announced that it would have to revoke over 3 million free certificates. If you had a Let’s Encrypt SSL installed – your website might be impacted.

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Your website with an SSL certificate VS. without SSL certificate installed.

The time and resources devoted to your business over time could be gone in seconds if you don’t renew your Let’s Encrypt certificate fast. Browse through this list, check if your website was amongst the 3 million-plus certificates revoked by this CA (Certificate Authority). If your website’s name was included in the above list, you may need a new SSL Certificate. 

Certificate authorities are trusted third-party entities who provide digital certificates to organizations that have the need to ensure that their users are provided with secure authentication and connection

Is Lets Encrypt SSL secure?

According to TechCrunch, they have gained the trust of big industry players and are secure. The result of Let’s Encrypt actions to revoke 3 million-plus certificates because of a Certificate Authority Authorization (CAA) bug, identified, does not affect the reliability of the security certificate but rather the credibility of the companies brand. 

Your website only becomes not secure when you don’t renew your free SSL certificate on time, temporarily your website will lose its layer of security and Google will flag it as ‘not secure’ for people to see.

How can you use Lets Encrypt SSL?

Watch this 10-minute tutorial. It includes the necessary steps you need to take on how to add code on the backend, to ensure your website is securely encrypted.

Is free SSL safe?

It is safe but at any time, your certificate could potentially be withdrawn. Let’s Encrypt have outlined in their subscriber agreement, they will revoke certificates if they need to.

Lets Encrypt Terms and Conditions

Free SSL Vs Paid SSL

Domain validation certificate issuedWildcard certificate
issued
Business name not validatedBusiness name validated
Green padlock displayedGreen padlock and business name
displayed
Valid for 1-3 monthsValid for 1-2 years
No warranty$1,750,000 Warranty

The idea of getting a free SSL certificate is welcoming, it’s free and provides basic end-to-end encryption but what happens when your business starts to scale? And you haven’t renewed your Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate? Your customers are going to hold you liable if your website is attacked and sensitive information lands into the wrong hands. Consider paying a small amount to pass this responsibility onto an expert.

How can you install your free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate? 

You have a few options: 

1. Employ someone in your company to fill this knowledge gap.

2. Find a cost-friendly SSL certificate that includes a warranty.

3. Follow a step-by-step guide and set up your certificate by yourself. 

4. Provide basic information to a web security-focused company and pay them to manage, secure and renew your certificate on time.

Make your website a safe place for people to visit, keep in mind, it’s unprofessional to have “not secure” warnings surfacing.