Free SSL Certificates

Jan 26, 2016

I got an e-mail today from Amazon informing me that they have released the AWS Certificate Manager and that they would make it easy to get certificates added to your AWS resources. And, best of all, it is free.

I had originally intended on using Let’s Encrypt for my SSL certificates but I had read about some issues with automation and limitations on what you could do. I’m not sure if they’ve resolved those as of yet but they may have.

Regardless, I thought I would see if the AWS Certificate Manager process was easy enough (and that “free” didn’t mean that I was giving something up). Sure enough, it was incredibly simple (so simple that I spend no time automating the process, but that’s something I can tackle before my cert renewal). It took me about 10-20 minutes to get it all set up and then I just had to wait for the change to propagate through CloudFront.

So, you should notice that now almost everything is https with a nice green lock. Hooray!

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