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EFF announces Certbot: tool to help websites encrypt their traffic


EFF is proud to introduce Certbot, a powerful tool to help websites encrypt their traffic. Certbot is the next iteration of the Let’s Encrypt Client; it obtains TLS/SSL certificates and can automatically configure HTTPS encryption on your server. It’s still in beta for now, but we plan to release Certbot 1.0 later this year.

As you may know, Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority, co-founded by EFF, Mozilla, and researchers from the University of Michigan. With the help from many others, Let’s Encrypt is now one of the world’s largest certificate authorities, used by millions of people around the world to enable HTTPS on their website.

Certbot communicates with the Let’s Encrypt CA through a protocol called ACME. While there are manyACME clients available to choose from, Certbot continues to be the most popular choice for organizations and developers that run their own webservers.

Back in April, we announced we would be transitioning the client to become an EFF project. The client will have a new name, to avoid confusion with the Let’s Encrypt CA and organization, and it will no longer be the official ACME client for use with Let’s Encrypt. But don’t panic! The software for the Let’s Encrypt client has always been primarily developed by EFF and open source contributors from around the world, and that’s not changing. But this does mean that the client will no longer be hosted by ISRG, the parent organization of the Let’s Encrypt CA.

Along with the rename, we’ve also launched a brand new website for Certbot, found at https://certbot.eff.org.

from: efflogo



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