Protect Your Websites with Let’s Encrypt

Protect Your Websites with Let's Encrypt

by Carla Schroder

Back in the bad old days, setting up basic HTTPS with a certificate authority cost as much as several hundred dollars per year, and the process was difficult and error-prone to set up. Now we have Let’s Encrypt for free, and the whole thing takes just a few minutes.

Why Encrypt?
Why encrypt your sites? Because unencrypted HTTP sessions are wide open to multiple abuses:

  • Eavesdropping on your users
  • Capturing user logins
  • Injecting ads and “important” messages
  • Injecting spyware
  • Injecting SEO spam and links
  • Injecting cryptocurrency miners

Internet service providers lead the code-injecting offenders. How to foil their nefarious desires? Your best defense is HTTPS. Let’s review how HTTPS works.