[development] A Rose By Any Other Name... SSL Certs

Bob Hutchinson hutchlists at midwales.com
Tue Mar 1 10:22:10 UTC 2011

On Tuesday 01 March 2011, Gordon Heydon wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a new client and they require me to get an SSL certificate. Ideally
> an EV certificate because they detail with financial information (not
> credit cards) and would ideally require a higher level of identifiable
> security that what a standard certificate provides.
> Usually for clients that do not really require any real security for there
> website and when a self signed certificate will do, I will use a free
> certificate from startssl.com, not only does it give the full security
> their certificate authority is recognised by all browsers.
> While grabbing a certificate for another client I noticed that they offer
> an EV certificate for US199 for 2 years, where as thawte.com (who I
> usually use when I need a proper certificate) for the same certificate si
> $US995 for 2 years. and verisign is 1730 for the same.
> I know that technically there is zero difference in security between the 2
> providers and they will both provide the exact some levels of encryption.
> The EV certificate from startssl.com is 1/5 of the price of one from
> thawte.com so looking that it is a much better financially. but the issue
> is really "trust". Thawte.com or even Verisign have a much higher level of
> trust and what startssl.com has. Would a normal person (not like us)
> really care about this.
> Remember also to provide an EV certificate you still need to meet some
> strict guidelines.
> I am conflicted with this, on the one hand I can provide my client with a
> financially acceptable option that will give their clients a much higher
> level of identity, and make sure they are dealing with my client, but on
> the other hand it is not a thawte/verisign.
> Comments please.

What they would be paying for is the right to use the Thawte/ Verisign Logo on 
their site. If your client thinks this is important then so be it, they will 
have to pay.

> Thanks in advance.
> Gordon.

Bob Hutchinson
Midwales dot com

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