The EFF’s ‘Let’s Encrypt’ Plans Wildcard Certificates For Subdomains

Long-time Slashdot reader jawtheshark shares an announcement from the EFF’s free, automated, and open TLS certificate authority at LetsEncrypt.org:

Let’s Encrypt will begin issuing [free] wildcard certificates in January of 2018… A wildcard certificate can secure any number of subdomains of a base domain (e.g. *.example.com). This allows administrators to use a single certificate and key pair for a domain and all of its subdomains, which can make HTTPS deployment significantly easier.

58% of web traffic is now encrypted, Let’s Encrypt reports, crediting in part the 47 million domains they’ve secured since December of 2015. “Our hope is that offering wildcards will help to accelerate the Web’s progress towards 100% HTTPS,” explains their web page, noting that they’re announcing the wild card certificates now in conjunction with a request for donations to support their work.


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