Let’s Encrypt vs. SSL AddOns

Veröffentlicht am 24th June 2021

Let’s Encrypt vs. SSL AddOns

Browser programs like Firefox and Internet Explorer use the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, to load most web pages. However, HTTP is not secure; a motivated hacker can monitor your traffic and see what web pages you visit. To solve this problem, network engineers have developed the HTTPS protocol, which transmits data using secure methods. Read in this article more about Let’s Encrypt and SSL AddOns.

What are the advantages of HTTPS?

  1. Your data is encrypted and secure. No plain text is ever shared. This is an important aspect for e-commerce transactions, but also already when you log in to your website.
  2. Google has officially said that HTTPS is a ranking factor.
  3. The green padlock bar helps build trust and credibility for your visitors.

So what is Let’s Encrypt?

Let’s Encrypt, which is included in our WEB Swiss Hosting, is a free, automated and open certificate authority offered by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Thus, it is the certificate – the S in HTTPS that securely encrypts your information.

What is the difference between a free Let’s Encrypt SSL and a paid SSL certificate?

1. Validation levels

There are three basic types of SSL certificates offered: Domain Validation (DV), Organization Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV).
Due to the way the automated systems are set up, Let’s Encrypt can only offer DV certificates. This is sufficient for most websites, but for a higher level of verification – and the increased trust that comes with it – a paid SSL certificate is appropriate.

2. Warranty

Paid SSL certificates have a guarantee, while Let’s Encrypt certificates do not offer a guarantee.

3. Trust Site Seal

Premium SSL certificates come with a trust seal that has been proven to increase visitor confidence and customer conversions.
Let’s Encrypt certificates do not offer any kind of site seal.

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