Blog now uses Let's Encrypt!

12. February 2017 20:34 by Cameron in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments

I received a notification email from my SSL certificate authority that the certificate for www.gamerfootprint.com would expire soon. One of my co-workers told me about a free certificate authority called Let's Encrypt and I thought I'd give it a try. The process for installation is quite simple using a neat tool called Certify. After filling out the brief survey, you can download the application and register your email with Let's Encrypt and then begin creating certificates for IIS. It was as simple as selecting my IIS sites from a drop down and requesting a certificate. The certificates are downloaded and automatically installed. They have an expiration after 90 days, but you can easily request a new certificate after expiration. The Certify application is still in alpha, but they are actively working on adding new features. Hopefully we can have auto-renew as a feature some day soon! I'd pay for that feature for sure!

If you're running a web server, I highly recommend using Let's Encrypt because it is free and it's never been easier to install SSL certificates than before.

Note: If you have a domain and CNAME, you'll need to make sure you select the proper SSL certificate in the site bindings. I actually just have https://www.cameronjtinker.com/ bound to port 443 and then I've got http://cameronjtinker.com and http://www.cameronjtinker.com redirecting to the secure site.

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