Thursday, March 02, 2006

Low cost and free SSL certificates

If you are standing up an OWA server or a simple Web server to the Internet, you probably don't want to pay a couple of hundred dollars a year for an SSL certificate. Servers such as company intranet/extranet servers, mail servers, etc... don't need the same level of liability and assurance as Verisign and Thawte provide. A lot of reasonably priced CAs have emerged over the years. Most of these have very high browser recognition, so no warnings on the client side about an "untrusted" CA (ceritificate authority.)
  • GoDaddy sells their Turbo SSL cert for as little as $15.96 per year (for 10 years) - - I have used GoDaddy a number of times over the last few months and the are pretty easy to work with and have good telephone support.
  • Instant SSL / Comodo as low as $33 per year (for 3 years) -
  • Rapid SSL has certs starting at $69.00 per year -

If you just need a certificate for testing, check out StartCom Free SSL ( for a freebie SSL certificate. Right now, though, the cert is untrusted, so your browser clients need to download their certificate server's certificate in order to keep from getting the warning message about an untrusted CA.

If anyone knows of some other good cheap/free CA's, let me know and I'll add them to the post.


At 10:19 PM, Blogger Steve Cramer said...

Here's another:

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Low Cost SSL Certificates and Free SSL certificates have recently seen a boom in usage, particularly among smaller sites, who cannot afford SSL certificates from the likes of Thawte or Verisign. This allows their users to show they care and consider the security and protection of their data.


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