GlobalSign Offers Free SSL Certificates for Open-Source Projects

Allison Howen
by Allison Howen 24 Jun, 2013

SaaS certificate provider, GlobalSign, is supporting the open-source community by providing free SSL Certificates for qualified open-source projects. 

The new initiative aims to encourage the use of SSL in application development, as well as the growth of security best practices. Through the initiative, projects are eligible to receive one free Wildcard SSL Certificate valid for as long as the project meets the minimum requirements. Since open-source software projects that allow developers and the general public to freely access code have become increasingly popular and important to the technology community, this offering helps developers improve the trust and security of their projects.

"We are delighted to show our commitment to the open-source community by offering free SSL Certificates to these projects," said Ryan Hurst, chief technology officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc. "We believe this effort will not only help the developers and users of open-source projects but also encourage the adoption of industry best-practices in the use of SSL." 

In order to qualify for a free Wildcard SSL Certificate, software projects must use a license approved by the Open Source Initiative. In addition, GlobalSign requires that projects maintain secure SSL configurations. It is important to note that projects can evaluate their SSL strength by using the GlobalSign SSL Configuration Checker, which checks for more than 30 common problems relating to configuration and provides tips on how to fix them. Those who are interested in obtaining a free Wildcard SSL Certificate from GlobalSign can enroll here.