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Free SSL vs Paid Dedicated SSL

What is the difference between the Free SSL vs Paid Dedicated SSL?

In this article we will explain what an SSL is and outline the differences between the Free SSL and the Paid Dedicated SSL.

You can use the information in this article to help you choose which is the right option for you.

What is an SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is a layer of encryption which protects sensitive data (such as personal information or credit card information) from being viewed or tampered with while it is in transmission.

Dedicated SSL

Most dedicated SSL’s come with additional benefits such as securing multiple domains or WildCard certificates. Depending upon the CA or Certificate Authority, most Dedicated SSL’s also come with some form of insurance/warranties.

What does this mean for you?

In the rare event that data becomes compromised, warranties can help cover the cost of financial damages as the result of a failed SSL Certificate.

GlowFrog, CA’s and Warranties

RapidSSL – $10,000 USD Warranty
GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium – $500K USD warranty
GeoTrust True BusinessID – $1.25M USD warranty
GeoTrust True Business ID with EV – $1.5M USD warranty
GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Wildcard – $500K USD warranty
GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard – $1.25M USD warranty
Symantec – $1.5M USD Warranty
Symantec EV – $1.75M USD Warranty
Free/AutoSSL – None

Free SSL / AutoSSL

The Free SSL / AutoSSL is a Domain Validated SSL provided by cPanel and Comodo. AutoSSL is a cPanel feature that automatically installs and renews the FreeSSL certificate every 90 days. It has the same level of encryption as most Dedicated Certificates however unlike a Dedicated Certificate, it will not display your company name etc. in the certificate details. There is a limited or no warranty offered on the Free/AutoSSL.

Which option should you choose?

Good question. If you intend to collect any personal data from your Website Users such as email addresses, name, credit card information etc, a Paid/Dedicated SSL option is best due to the Warranty and additional features. However, any SSL is better than no SSL! For most basic websites, the FreeSSL should suffice. You can start with the Free/AutoSSL option then purchase a dedicated SSL certificate when the need arises.

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