[thelist] SSL Certificates

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Tue Nov 18 20:09:23 CST 2003

From: "jsWalter" <jsWalter at torres.ws>
Subject: RE: [thelist] SSL Certificates

: > Hi Evolters!
: >
: > Looking to buy an SSL certificate for a client and wondering about
: > recommendations...
: can I ask a stupid question here?
: What value does purchasing a SSL cert give you?
: Why do I need to buy one, when I can make one myself? My site has it's own
: that I rolled myself.
: No one has ever asked me about my cert, ever questioned it.
: I'm just wondering.
: Maybe I should go into the cert business!  ;)
: Seriously, does buying a cert really give you anything?

If you're a company like Amazon.com how much do you think it'll cost them

a) support - people writing in saying that the browser is telling them that
there's some kind of error (since the certificate heirarchy isn't entirely
trusted by their browser)


b) lost sales, since some people will just give up.

That's what a cert from a "trusted authority" gives you. Whether you need
that for your particular site depends on what type of customers you have.


Microsoft MVP - Windows Server (IIS)

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