Running simple HTTP on my site felt so 90̈́’s and I wanted to test out Let’s Encrypt.
I also wanted to improve the site:
- Visitors should feel safe, even though I do not request any sensitive information the information we share should be encrypted
- Google apparently ranks sites running HTTPS higher in their search algorithm, easy points! 🙂
This was a real pleasure to setup.
I use a DigitalOcean droplet to host this site, and simply followed this guide to get an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt on to the server. Super simple!
I use WordPress to generate this site, and since I already had an running instance on HTTP and I was a bit lazy, I simply installed the Really Simple SSL plug-in to fix-up the re-direction to an https:// URL on my running site.
This little experiment really shows that there is no reason for any site on the Internet to still be running plain HTTP communication.
This would have not been possible without organizations like https://letsencrypt.org/ providing free trusted certificates to anyone with a domain!
“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).”
Now I will continue writing on my next post about software updates on embedded Linux devices which will cover Mender. Stay tuned.