FullHost, a Canadian web hosting provider, has announced that all domains on their hosting platform will now have a SSL certificate installed by default. This offering has been implemented in conjunction with the nonprofit project Let’s Encrypt – an open certificate authority provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).
There are several advantages to having a SSL certificate implemented on a website. A domain with SSL/TLS enabled has the ability to encrypt traffic coming and going between the server and the visitor’s browser, protecting the privacy of information being transmitted and shared. Additionally, having an SSL certificate provides higher rankings from Google and other search engines potentially increasing sales and exposure.
The Let’s Encrypt project was initiated in 2015, achieving public release in a beta version in December of that year. Some reports indicate that the Let’s Encrypt project was formed in response to security vulnerabilities revealed by Edward Snowden and other whistle blowers who claimed that governments were conducting surveillance of web traffic.
By the time Let’s Encrypt left the Beta stage in April 2016, millions of website domains had activated SSL certificates through the program.
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