Since the second week of October, Cloudbric has transitioned from GlobalSign to Let’s Encrypt as our SSL solution, allowing us to apply free SSL to all websites using Cloudbric. Users with subdomains have the additional option to be issued individual Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates for each subdomain.
What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which in the age of the Internet is an important global standard security technology. It ensures a secure connection between a web browser and a web server.
Many online businesses utilize SSL to reduce the risk of having sensitive information stolen. When SSL is enabled, the ‘https’ protocol is activated. If you have ever noticed a lock icon or green bar next to a website URL, you can rest assured that you have a secure connection.
What is Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA) created by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). It is cross-signed by IdenTrust, a formidable CA trusted by all major browsers.
Since its launch in November 2014, Let’s Encrypt has issued over one million digital certificates. Let’s Encrypt is currently being used by Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits as part of their mission to facilitate the development of a more secure web.
How does this transition affect Cloudbric users?
Cloudbric is proud to provide an additional layer of protection to all our users through free SSL service. Every Cloudbric user can now take advantage of our free SSL service through Let’s Encrypt.
While Let’s Encrypt provides free SSL, without Cloudbric website admins must take it a step further by manually installing an agent known as a certbot into their webserver to get SSL certificates from the Let’s Encrypt authentication server. Additionally, website admins will eventually be asked to manually refresh SSL certificates every three months.
However, Cloudbric allows for an easy adoption of SSL service with a much more automated process by eliminating these hurdles for our users. Because we have installed a certbot at Cloudbric’s server, additional actions like domain validation, manual uploading of certificates to the web server and certificate renewals are automated.