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Is there a difference between SSL Certificates?

by matt819 / June 19, 2013 3:52 AM PDT

Is there a substantial difference between providers of SSL Certificates?

And two related questions: Does it make sense to pay more to "name brand" SSL providers, or do others in the pack do just as well for less money, e.g. Verisign vs Geotrust vs. Comodo, etc.

Along the same lines, is it sensible to spend more money for the various PCI and vulnerability scanning capabilities and related trust seals?

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I'm going with yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 19, 2013 4:02 AM PDT
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The difference beween SSLs
by InMotionHosting / June 19, 2013 5:05 AM PDT

Hello matt819!

The difference between certificates depends on what the certificate provider offers for warranties, browser compatibility, and more. As an example, I included the specs for a popular SSL certificate provider Comodo.

EV SSL Certificate

Fast issuance and validation
2048 signatures / 256 bit encryption
Trusted by 99.9% of browsers
Unlimited Server Licenses
Industry Leading Support
30 day money back guarantee
Free TrustLogo boosts conversion
$250,000 Warranty

You can get SSL certificates for more than one domain for the certificate. These are called Wildcard SSL Certificates. You can reuse a Wildcard over and over for more than one domain.

What it boils down to with a standard SSL certificate is if its 2048 / 256 encryption, a good warranty for compromised SSL data, and ease of purchase with no hurdles.

Best Regards,

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