In the wake of Snowden leaks and the Web hacks that seem to occur on a daily basis, more and more websites are looking to enable Secure Socket Layer encryption to protect their visitors from hackers. San-Francisco-based web infrastructure company CloudFlare is rolling out a new service, dubbed Universal SSL, which offer free encrypted connections to any site that opted in including the2 million that use the free version. In other words users of around two million websites would be provided with SSL encryption.
Back in December, CloudFlare promised it would offer free SSL encryption for the webpages of all its customers and today the company has kept up its promise. Google announced it would give SSL sites a boost in search rankings, so it’s becoming a must for businesses that rely on search traffic.
Having encryption may not be beneficial to a small blog, but it’s critical to switch to the “encrypted-by-default future” of the internet, according to CloudFlare. Every bit of information that’s protected makes it hard for hackers to do their job.
CloudFlare said in a blog post that all its existing customers will automatically get a SSL certificate and the service will be activated within 24 hours. The free version of Universal SSL account will only work on modern browsers whereas CloudFlare’s paid version will always support all browsers.
For sites that didn’t have SSL before, CloudFlare will use its Flexible SSL mode by default, which means traffic from browsers to ClouFlare will be encrypted, but traffic from CloudFlare to a site’s origin server will not, hence it is important to set up a certificate on Web servers so that the site’s origin also gets encrypted. To help you with the procedure, CloudFlare has published a blog post with instructions.
The new feature will allow CloudFlare to more broadly support the Google SPDY protocol that sppeds up web traffic by minimizing latency.