Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit to make encrypted connections the default standard throughout the internet.
Your website is important to you, and to us. That’s why every website hosted with Hetzner includes a
FREE, pre-installed Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock icon and the https protocol, ensuring secure connections from your website to the web browser.
Let’s Encrypt certificates are technically the same as certificates issued by other providers. They use the same standard and TLS protocol. As of September 2018, over 7 million domains are protected by Let’s Encrypt certificates, with Chrome, Cisco, Mozilla and Facebook listed as some of their sponsors.
SSL is essential for any website that sells goods and services or captures sensitive content, as it ensures that all information handled stays private and secure.
Customers visiting your website will know that you have encryption in place with “https” and a padlock icon appearing in the browser’s address bar – an added level of assurance that their information is safe.
SSL improves SEO
Google takes online security seriously and considers SSL certificates on a website as a positive search engine optimisation (SEO) ranking signal. This means that if your website uses SSL you stand a greater chance of ranking higher than your competitors.
More information available on Let’s Encrypt FAQs