[thelist] SSL Certificates

Joshua Olson joshua at waetech.com
Tue Feb 8 08:59:56 CST 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: BDisbrow at aol.com
> Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 9:31 AM
> I need to get a SSL certificate for an online store. Picking 
> the appropriate 
> certifcate vendor is proving somewhat confusing. 
> Articles I have read suggest that all vendors are using 
> virtually the same 
> process and tools to issue and maintain certificates and that 
> the only real 
> difference is browser ubiquity. The higher the browser 
> ubiquity the better the 
> chance the customer will be successful with a given browser.
> Given that, most vendors I have come across are 99% or better 
> with their 
> browser ubiquity score. So that leaves price and performance. 


I've used certs from Thawte, Verisign, Comodo, InstantSSL and others.  I can
honestly tell you I've never encountered, or had to troubleshoot for a
client, any instances of users saying that their browser was incompatible
with a certificate.

For that reason, I suggest that to you that price and path back to the root
authority generally drive my decision.  InstantSSL, in my opinion, is not
too bad.  The cert itself is $49/yr and the authority is only a couple
generations off the root.  They have been very accomodating, in the past,
for regenerating certificates if something went wrong.  It's not too tough
to talk to a real person on the phone.

Joshua Olson
Web Application Engineer
WAE Tech Inc.

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