This article was published on January 26, 2016

Synology is testing the first hardware integration of Let’s Encrypt’s free SSL certificates


Synology is testing the first hardware integration of Let’s Encrypt’s free SSL certificates Image by: Shutterstock
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

The Let’s Encrypt project, which just came out of beta, is one of the first real free ways to get a valid security certificate for your site without paying any money.

Now, just a few weeks after it became generally available, Synology is about to become the first hardware manufacturer to integrate it into its platform.

As part of the company’s DSM 6.0 beta, it’s added the ability to secure your NAS device with a Let’s Encrypt free security certificate rather than Synology’s own self-signed one.

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It’s a great step forward for both security and for the legitimacy of the Let’s Encrypt project. Integration with a major hardware partner shows just how important making free SSL certificates widely available is, and how easy it can be for anyone to set one up.

Synology DSM 6.0 Beta 2 [Synology]