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How to Get Free HTTPS Certificates from Let's Encrypt

Mike Robinson

Abstract


There has been a push by many organizations in recent years to move all websites from non-secure HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. Let's Encrypt is a new certificate authority that provides both free HTTPS certificates and tools to easily install them.  Let's Encrypt can be easily installed on a variety of library servers.  Vendors and content providers in the library world should begin integrating support for Let's Encrypt into their products and services.

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Encrypting the Web

https://www.eff.org/encrypt-the-web

Let’s Encrypt

https://letsencrypt.org/

Let’s Encrypt 2016 In Review by Josh Aas. Let’s Encrypt Blog. Jan 6, 2017

https://letsencrypt.org/2017/01/06/le-2016-in-review.html

Let's Encrypt Cookbook for Library Servers

https://consortiumlibrary.org/blogs/mcrobinson/blog/2016/06/13/lets-encrypt-cookbook/

Library Digital Privacy Pledge

https://libraryfreedomproject.org/ourwork/digitalprivacypledge/

Protecting Patron Privacy: Libraries are failing to use HTTPS by Marshall Breeding. American Libraries Magazine. May 31, 2016

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/05/31/protecting-patron-privacy/

Secure the News

https://securethe.news/

Web Hosting Providers with Let's Encrypt Support

https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/web-hosting-who-support-lets-encrypt/6920




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/jifp.v2i1.6248

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