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SSL Cert Prices List

Vendors Compared
by Vaughn Aubuchon

HERE is a list of the top companies that provide SSL certificates, certified by an official Certificate Authoritiy (CA), and self-signed, as well.
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This is very confusing. There are really no "standard" options. Every place you go will tell you something different, and charge you a different price.

SSL Options by Vendor


SSL Packages by Vendor
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     SSL Offerings by Vendor

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SSL
Certificate
Issuer
US
Alexa
Rank
1-Year Term
Protection
SS*
SSL
CA SSL
EV
SSL
Wild
card

Comodo

8 K

NO

$ 77

$ 200

$ 405

Digicert

11 K

NO

$ 175

?

?

Entrust

66 K

NO
NO

?

$ 574

GlobalSign

4 K

NO

?

$ 599

$ 849

GoDaddy

82

NO

?

?

$ 270

Let's Encrypt

13 K

free, but very techy, tricky

Network Solutions

3 K

NO

?

$ 400

$ 512

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SSL Certs UNTRUSTED by Google
These SSL Certificates Must Be Replaced.

Geo Trust

23 K

NO

?

$ 299

$ 745

RapidSSL

72 K

NO

$ 59

NO

$ 249

Symantec

2 K

?

$ 995

$1,499

$1,999

Thawte

68 K

NO

?

$ 299

$ 599

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Address Bar
Security Indicator

Green Padlock gif
Green Padlock gif
Green Name in Address Bar

Typical Validation

Self
DV
OV

Strength

Weak
Strong
Best

Issued by a CA?

Yes

Typical Site Application

1
1
Multiple sites

What I ...

got
want
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150 - 450

50

50

50

60

60

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Types of SSL Certificates:

DV   =  Domain Validated
DVC = Domain Validated Certificate

EV    =   Extended Validation
EVC  =   Extended Validation

OV   =   Organizationally Validated (strongest)

WC   =  Wildcard Certificate (strongest)

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Some providers use "Custom" names for their products, which make it difficult to determine JUST EXACTLY WHAT they are selling. Do you see all those question marks above? (clarified below)

Worse Than Implied - Some providers provide ONLY Self-signed Certificates, but don't tell you that,
such as RapidSSL.

Better Than Implied - Some providers' options are issued by CAs, but fail to mention that fact.

CA   =   Issued by a Certificate Authority

CSR =   Certificate Signing Request

FQDN = Fully Qualified Domain Name

PKI  =   Public Key Infrastructure

SAN =  Subject Alternative Name

SS    =  Self-signed Certificate (weakest, cheapest)

SSL  =  Secure Sockets Layer

TLS  =  Transport Layer Security (replacing SSL)

UCC =  Unified Communications Certificate

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* BEWARE OF SELF-SIGNING

I THOUGHT that I had purchased a CA-Generated Certificate. Here is the message I got from Google telling me that my SSL Cert is NO GOOD. --->

Google notice - "Self-signed cert is no good".
Here is the text from the Google warning notice above -

"Google has detected that the SSL/TLS certificate used on https://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/ is self-signed, which means that it was issued by your server, rather than by a Certificate Authority. Because only Certificate Authorities are considered trusted sources for SSL/TLS certificates, your certificate cannot be trusted by most of the browsers.

In addition, a self-signed certificate means that your content is not authenticated, it can be modified, and your user's data or browsing behavior can be intercepted by a third-party. As a result, many web browsers will block users by displaying a security warning message when your site is accessed. This is done to protect user's browsing behavior from being intercepted by a third party, which can happen on sites that are not secure."

In other words, a self-signed certificate is WORSE THAN NO CERTIFICATE AT ALL. With NO CERTIFICATE, Google does not send visitors away.
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So, I bought an SSL Cert from RapidSSL, and what did I get?
- "... your certificate
cannot be trusted"
- "... your content
is not authenticated"

What the #$%! kind of "certification" is THAT?

"We certify that your SSL is no good."

Apparently, my SSL Cert from RapidSSL is "issued by a CA". They informed me that my Cert was "not configured properly". It seems to be working fine now. My lack of understanding of the SSL world caused me to panic. Unless you are VERY familiar with the SSL process, you need someone to guide you through the steps.

Easy, straightforward instructions do not exist. ("Everything you need to know is on blah-blah page", does NOT cut the mustard). Make certain you NEVER check the big box that says "Self-signed." I did not check the box, yet I received the alert from Google.

Clicking the Green Padlock in the Address Bar -
The "common name" of my Cert is --->
RapidSSL SHA256 CA
Organization ---> GeoTrust Inc.
I assume that the "CA" in the name refers to GeoTrust as a "Certificate Authority". This was never clear to me in the sign-up process. I never saw the words "Certificate Authority" anywhere. Nor DV, for that matter.

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400 - 450

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     SLL Packages by Vendor

Provider

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Price

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SSL Product

2017
2018
2020

Comodo

Sectigo
(cheap)

Sectigo
Reviews
1.5=Bad
28 reviews

$ 77

$ 200
$ 99

$ 249
$ 79
$ 143
$ 199

Comodo DV Cert.
OV SSL
EV SSL
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DV Cert -
Now, MUST pay for 5 years RIGHT NOW, today, $ 395

$ 405
$ 235
$ -
$ ?
$ ?
$ -
$ 359
$ 228
$ xx

DV Wildcard SSL Cert.
UCC SSL
Free SSL Certificate
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Digicert
(very pricey)

Digicert
Reviews
2.4=Poor
14 reviews

$ 139
?

$ 198
$ 299
$ 218
$ 344

Standard SSL (DV)
EV SSL
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$ 234
$ 239
$ 475
$ 358
$ 499
$ 658
$412
$ ? $688

Multi-Domain SSL
EV Multi-Domain SSL
Wildcard SSL
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Entrust
(pricey)

Entrust=
No reviews

$ 163
$ 196
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$ 174
$ 196
$ 174
$ 208
$ 373

OV- Standard SSL Cert1
OV- Advant. SSL Cert2
EV SSL

$ 280
$ 262

$ 122
$ 574
$ 373
$ 278

$ 122
$ 609
# 373
$ 278
$ 373
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EV Mul-Dom. SSL Cert4
UC Mul-Dom. SSL Cert3
EV Multi-Domain
Private SSL Certs
Wildcard SSL Certs
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GlobalSign
(pricey)

Glob sign
Reviews
3.5=Ave.
2 reviews

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$ 249
$ 349
$ 599
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$ 249
$ 349
$ 599
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$ 249
$ 349
$ 599

For Single Websites
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Domain Validated
--- Org. Validated
--- Extended Validation
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$ 249
$ 249
$ 249
$ 849
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$ 249
$ 249
$ 249
$ 849
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OrganizationSSL
(Multi-Domain)
--- DV SSL
--- OV SSL
--- EV SSL
--- Wildcard
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GoDaddy
(cheap)

GoDaddy
Reviews
4.1=Great
10K reviews

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$ 56
$ xxx
$ xxx
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$ 60
$ 104
$ 100
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$ 64
?
?
$ 296

Protect One Website
--- DV (Standard)
--- OV (DeLuxe)
--- EV (Premium)
--- Wildcard

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$ xxx
$ xxx
$ xxx
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$ 136
$ 225
$ 315
?

Protect Multiple Websites
--- DV
--- OV
--- EV
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Network
Solutions
(cheap)

Net Soln Reviews
1.5=Bad
64 reviews

(2 yrs)
$ 55

$ 108

$ 166
$ 512
$ 400
(2 yrs)
$ 60

$ 125

$ 200
$ 579
$ 400
(2 yrs)
$ 60

$ 125

$ 200
$ 579
$ 400


Xpress (DV)

Basic (OV)

Advanced (OV)
Wildcard
Extended
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Thoma Bravo now owns
     - DigiCert, which now owns
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Symantec, which owns
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GeoTrust, which owns
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RapidSSL

         - Symantec owns Thawte
         - Symantec sold Veritas to Carlisle Group

NOTES -

Listed in LOGICAL order, as opposed to the listing on the website. I can't figure out GoDaddy pricing. Can you?

HA! YOU try to figure it out.
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50

50

50

220 - 450



Disclaimer:
This page consists of a comparison of pricing of SSL certificates from various providers.

Although the author makes every effort to verify the information on this page, no information on this page is guaranteed to be correct, and any data contained herein is subject to change.

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