Historically SSL certificates have been a veritable dog’s breakfast of confusion, complication, and cost.

Enter LetsEncrypt.  Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).  A group of world leading companies came together to solve the mess and a new, FREE, service was born to save the small guys like you and me from the monopolistic security companies who made thousands per cert per year.

Granted, LetsEncrypt can’t give extended duration certificates. They can, however, be auto-renewed using CRON and the built in server modules the consortium provides free of cost.

Charlie & Co installs LetsEncypt on all sites we develop and have server control over.  If you’re on a shared hosting environment, please suggest to your host that they install the LetsEncrypt module for your hosting package.