What types of SSL Certificates are available?
Domain Validated (DV)
Industry-standard encryption, perfect for protecting a small personal website or blog.
Industry-standard certificate encryption on your website and all of its sub-domains (i.e. mail.domain.com).
This certificate is assuring the website is using the certificate that was issued to a real company that is in control of the website.
This certificate showcasing trust & security online. After thorough vetting of the company, the issued EV SSL. This used to show a green bar in the browsers address field, Google Chrome and Firefox no longer show this, to view the information you need to click on the padlock.
Should I buy an SSL certificate or get a free one from Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).
“We give people the digital certificates they need in order to enable HTTPS (SSL/TLS) for websites, for free, in the most user-friendly way we can. We do this because we want to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web.”
Depending on what sort of business you are running (blog or small business) Let’s Encrypt is more then enough for you. For much larger business who need to secure many domains with added Warranty, You’ll need to buy an SSL certificate. Just stay clear of GoDaddy!.
What’s this warranty about?
SSL Certificates come with a warranty, In the event that anything goes wrong on the Certificate Authority’s end, you’re covered by your warranty.
- Validation Type: DV
- Reissue: Unlimited
- Issuance: Minutes
- Warranty: $10,000
If something goes wrong on the Certificate Authority’s end that is catastrophic to your website, They’ll pay you $10,000. When you’re ready for your paid SSL certificate while shopping you’ll see what the certificate supports and how much warranty comes with it.