Let’s Encrypt first launched earlier this year and has quickly become a leader in the SSL marketplace. The project is a free and open-source certificate authority provided by the Internet Security Research Group which aims to encrypt 100 percent of the web.
We contacted the Director of Communications at Let’s Encrypt, Sarah Gran to see how the project is doing and what the future holds.
The project has been moving steadily forward.
According to Gran, along with WordPress.com and Bit.ly, hosting companies have also utilized the project.
“On a more technical note, a recent milestone was our acceptance into Mozilla’s root program, a significant step in being able to rely on our own root and to be trusted independently,” Gran said. “Overall, we hear a lot of affirmation that we are filling an important need in the market.”
Since its launch, 10.5 million certificates have been issued — 5.3 million of which are active and span over 8 million websites. Let’s Encrypt has quickly seized the SSL market. According to W3tech, it is currently used by 3 percent of all websites, and by the looks of it won’t be slowing down any time soon.