I promised the guys here at Techzim that I would be sharing a few things that can help us improve our ecosystem. So I am hopeful that over the course of this year, time permitting, I will be sharing a few tech bites from my experience as a software engineer and entrepreneur.
Many of you have gone through the expensive hassle of forking out $65 to godaddy.com or some other issuing authority just to purchase an SSL certificate. Now a non-profit organization called Let’s Encrypt has begun a beta test for a free and automated certificate issuance platform. The instructions are simply and the whole process takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
So who’s behind this and why are they doing it. First the why, except for the bad guys out there, a more secure internet is a win for everybody and especially for the users of the internet. Unfortunately however, because of the cost and cumbersome process, not every website owner is able to provide a secure connection for the visitors to their site. An organisation called the EFF (no, not that one), short for Electronic Frontier Foundation, partnered with Mozilla, Akamai, Google, Facebook, Cisco and others to create this simple to use and and free SSL certificates so anyone can secure connections to their site.
You can read more about the initiative, how it started and what they are looking to achieve here. And you can head over to their website and try it out. No more excuses for the man-in-the middle/network-spoofing attacks.