A month ago we made the first step to increase the adoption rate of SSL certificates amongst our customers by starting to issue automatically Let’s Encrypt certificates for all domains hosted on our servers. However, there still remained a manual step to configure all applications to use the certificates we’ve made available. We knew that if we really wanted to see a rise in the HTTPS usage we not only needed to provide the SSLs, but also make it easy for our clients to implement them. Today we are happy to announce that we have achieved this second goal for a large group of our customers — the WordPress users.
At the start of 2016, Let’s Encrypt certificates had been available to the public for less than a month and we were supporting approximately 240,000 active (unexpired) certificates. That seemed like a lot at the time! Now we’re frequently issuing that many new certificates in a single day while supporting more than 20,000,000 active certificates in total. We’ve issued more than a million certificates in a single day a few times recently. We’re currently serving an average of 6,700 OCSP responses per second. We’ve done a lot of optimization work, we’ve had to add some hardware, and there have been some long nights for our staff, but we’ve been able to keep up and we’re ready for another year of strong growth.
SiteGround is now auto-issuing Let’s Encrypt certificates for every domain hosted on its shared servers. The company has also begun issuing and installing certificates on new accounts automatically after customers register domains or direct new domains to SiteGround’s servers. This also includes add-on domains added in cPanel. The certificates are also auto-renewed as long as the domains are pointed to the host’s servers.
Chrome is an awesome browser that has been lauded for its exemplary security model. However, as we have become painfully aware of, privacy and security are not equivalent. Traditionally, Mozilla’s Firefox has been a champion of users’ rights, but, by default, it is likely not the most secure browser.
Lately, there have been several, excellent resources geared towards hardening Firefox, and I want to condense and share what I have learned. Aside from making your browsing experience more secure and respectful of your privacy, you will see performance gains, as well.
I have been utilizing these customizations for several months, and have been very happy with the results. So, without further ado, let us get to it!
My love of technology bloomed during my undergraduate education. At first, computers seemed like aggrandized word processors, but once the Web arrived, they quickly evolved into something the masses would find undeniable. Every year, hardware got cheaper and faster, software became more powerful, and those with even a modicum of vision could imagine how these tools would change the world.
We hope that by bringing this to you, that it is really in the public interest, and that the public here is interested and that you will take it to other places. That you will really take action based on what you see, whether it’s judicial action, whether it’s civil disobedience, whether it’s FOIAs, whether it’s something else, who knows. We hope that you will feel empowered by the end of this talk.