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School me on SSL


Been looking at SSL, but there is so many options, I am lost. What would you recommend and why? what price is a good price?

Thank you.


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I've been told by three hosts to ignore Comodo and get RapidSSL - any idea why?

(I do run RapidSSL instead of Comodo from namecheap.com)


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If you purchase 3 year plan :p
Still $8.95 per year :D
Edit: Actually they are really cheap :D
Wooops, you're right, btw, I've purchased my SSL certificates there but using coupons.
I can not remember the coupon, but searching in google there are many sites that have.
the price in the end is $4.99 / year (Using coupon) paying each year :coffee:
Any major difference between them or is it just the different names? I noticed that some does not offer the green address bar(usually cost a bit more) is that just basically for the user to have more trust?

Anthony Parsons

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What you need to look for with SSL is whether or not they work correctly across mobile platforms. Many don't, many do. You can spend $10 on one that works fine across 95% of browsers and OS nowadays. There is no requirement to spend large sums, to be perfectly honest, not for simply securing your domain for user security.

If you want to validate your organization or extended validation... they're more expensive. Some good FAQ's on this subject at https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/category.aspx/38/ssl-certificates-faq)


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I've uninstalled my SSL yesterday and I'm using the certificates of Cloudflare only.
Cheap certificates don't allow wildcard .* (sub-domains)
Wildcard certificates are very expensive, around $100 but some times there are "offers" between $40-$50 bucks
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BUT With Cloudflare, exactly the same is Absolutely FREE!

Let's encrypt looks really promising.

Seems this is the end of the expensive SSL certificates.


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You're right
Universal SSL uses Server Name Indication (SNI) certificates using Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). SNI and ECDSA certificates work with the following modern browsers:

Desktop Browsers installed on Windows Vista or OS X 10.6 or later:

Internet Explorer 7
Firefox 2
Opera 8 (with TLS 1.1 enabled)
Google Chrome v5.0.342.0
Safari 2.1
Mobile Browsers

Mobile Safari for iOS 4.0
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and later
Windows Phone 7
Note: If you need more compatibility with older browsers/operating systems, such as Windows XP and Android 3.0 and earlier, please check out our Pro, Business, or Enterprise plans.



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Let's encrypt looks really promising.

Seems this is the end of the expensive SSL certificates.
Let's Encrypt will only provide Domain Validated SSL Certificates (DV SSL) which will be enough for most cases, but if Extended Validation of entity is required then the traditional route will be taken. So I won't call it the end of expensive SSL, instead I would say it brings the basic SSL to everyone's reach and that is awesome.