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CAcert.org is a community-driven Certificate Authority that issues certificates to the public at large for free.

CAcert's goal is to promote awareness and education on computer security through the use of encryption, specifically by providing cryptographic certificates. These certificates can be used to digitally sign and encrypt email, authenticate and authorize users connecting to websites and secure data transmission over the internet. Any application that supports the Secure Socket Layer Protocol (SSL or TLS) can make use of certificates signed by CAcert, as can any application that uses X.509 certificates, e.g. for encryption or code signing and document signatures.

If you want to have free certificates issued to you, join the CAcert Community .

If you want to use certificates issued by CAcert, read the CAcert Root Distribution License .This license applies to using the CAcert root keys .

Latest News

Efail: How you can still trust in GPG/PGP encryption

The EFAIL attacks exploit vulnerabilities in the OpenPGP and S/MIME standards to reveal the plaintext of encrypted emails. In a nutshell, EFAIL abuses active content of HTML emails, for example externally loaded images or styles, to exfiltrate plaintext through requested URLs. However, according to the German Federal Office for Information Security, the e-mail encryption standards […]

Please, help us to pay our expenses

CAcert offers free certificates. Nevertheless, the CA does not function completely without money. For example, the electricity bills of the data centre in the Netherlands must be paid. The annual expenses of CAcert are about 3000 dollars/Euro. In view of the more than 300,000 users, that’s not much. How does CAcert pay these bills? First […]

Faites comme d’autres francophones: soutenez CAcert avec un don

CAcert offre des certificats gratuits. Néanmoins, l’AC ne fonctionne pas complètement sans argent. Par exemple, les factures d’électricité du centre de données aux Pays-Bas doivent être payées. Les dépenses annuelles de CAcert s’élèvent à environ 3000 dollars/Euro. Compte tenu des plus de 300 000 utilisateurs, ce n’est pas grand-chose. Comment CAcert paie-t-il ces factures ? […]

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