Private Internet Access announces another year of Let’s Encrypt sponsorship

Posted on Apr 24, 2020 by Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access sponsors Let's Encrypt

Private Internet Access is proud to announce a second year of Silver Sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt. Private Internet Access believes that every website should be served encrypted over HTTPS for the privacy and security of internet users. Let’s Encrypt makes it possible for that vision to come true by providing free TLS certificates to over 200 million websites around the world. With the help of their corporate sponsors, this number will only grow. Josh Aas, the Executive Director of Let’s Encrypt, commented on the importance of corporate sponsorship to their mission:

“Our corporate sponsors recognize how critical our mission and our service is, and they generously provide the majority of the funding we need to operate each year. Without our corporate sponsorship program we would not have been able to encrypt a large portion of the Web in just five years, and we wouldn’t be able to serve the more than 200 million websites we serve today.”

Let’s Encrypt recently celebrated passing the 200 million websites protected milestone. Both in the United States, and around the world, HTTPS use is on the rise. Josh commented:

“The percentage of pages loaded via HTTPS in the United States is now at 92%, a number that would have been hard to imagine just five years ago when Let’s Encrypt launched! The global percentage of HTTPS page loads has traditionally lagged behind the United States by up to 10%, but we’re excited to see that the gap is closing. The rest of the world is moving to HTTPS rapidly and we look forward to everyone enjoying the same level of security and privacy on the Web. Every percentage point represents billions of pages loading more securely via HTTPS!”

To get up to date information on the percentage of webpage loads being served over HTTPS, please visit the Let’s Encrypt HTTPS pageloads webpage. The future is encrypted, and Josh Aas hopes that the number of

Besides providing free TLS certificates for websites seeking to migrate to HTTPS, Let’s Encrypt also uses its corporate sponsorship money to work on improving the security of their own certificate authority infrastructure. Josh let PIA know about a coming improvement to Let’s Encrypt that the sponsorship will help come to fruition:

“We are working on writing a new DNS resolver for our infrastructure in a memory-safe language. This is a big undertaking, but will improve the security of our certificate authority significantly. It’s part of our long term goal to remove as much unsafe C and C++ code from our software stack as possible.”

About Private Internet Access (PIA)

Private Internet Access is the leading no log VPN service provider in the world. PIA believes that access to an open internet is a fundamental human right and donates effusively to the EFF, Creative Commons, FFTF and now Let’s Encrypt to promote privacy and security causes internationally. Based out of North America, PIA has over 3384 servers in 41 countries that provide reliable, encrypted VPN tunnel gateways for whatever the use case. Please visit https://www.privateinternetaccess.com for more information.

About Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is free and easy to use Certificate Authority which issues digital certificates for website encryption. Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), a public benefit organization with a mission to reduce financial, technological, and education barriers to secure communication over the Internet. In pursuit of that mission, Let’s Encrypt currently helps secure over 200 million websites. For more information on Let’s Encrypt or how to donate to their mission, visit https://www.letsencrypt.org.

Press Contacts:

Private Internet Access: press@privateinternetaccess.com

Let’s Encrypt: press@letsencrypt.org

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