We at Host My Website Online provides a free SSL to make your website HTTPS, while you may know that SSL certificates are very expensive. So, how can we give it free of cost?
An SSL certificate for your domain considered as a luxury due to its cost. Getting a paid SSL certificates were very expensive and still it is. But not more. It is completely free.
Free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Great organisations like Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Akamai are sponsoring Let’s Encrypt, so you know it is not a small world.
Let’s Encrypt typically issues more than 500,000 certificates per day, and they are capable of issuing millions per day. They provide HTTPS certificates to over 70 million domains.
Why the Let’s Encrypt’s certificates are free?
We want to clarify that; We are a hosting provider who requests, retrieves and deploys SSL certificates from the Certificate Authority, Let’s Encrypt. We do not provide any fee to Let’s Encrypt or any other parties involved in the process. We have administrative and management costs which we are bearing ourselves.
Let’s Encrypt do not charge a fee for their certificates. Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit, their mission is to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web by promoting the widespread adoption of HTTPS. Their services are free and easy to use so that every website can deploy HTTPS.
Difference between free and expensive certificates
Certificate Authorities used to sell certificates for a wholesome amount of money until Let’s Encrypt came along and started issuing them for free almost two years ago. Let’s Encrypt have faced a lot of scrutinies and even hostility from companies who sell paid SSL certificates and their resellers who also make the vast amount of money out of it. That is obvious because the free SSL certificates offered by Let’s Encrypt kills business model of the corporation that sells paid and expensive SSL certificates.
All Certificate Authorities must issue certificates by following Baseline Requirements; a document set out by the CA/Browser Forum. Baseline Requirements explains everything that a CA must do to validate the owner of the domain, how long an issued certificate can be valid and many other restrictions that any CA must adhere to during issuance of certificates. While conforming is not optional, and there is no difference between a certificate issued with a fee or free mentioned in the Baseline Requirements.
Arguments are coming from sales reps, and resellers of paid SSL providers mention that the Encryption made by paid SSL Certificates are superior to the one issued free of cost. Let’s be clear; Certificates have nothing to do with the encryption of data transmitted.
In fact, server configuration and not the certificate handle the encryption of data.
HTTPS will eventually but quickly replace from being a good-to-have to a mandatory. SSL is not just for a big e-commerce website. Even if your site is a static website which contains not even a contact form, you still need to have an SSL on your domain.