GoGetSSL is a company that sells SSL certificates. You know, those things that are required to make your site use
http:// which doesn’t feel like an optional choice these days with browsers making sites looks scarily insecure without it and search engines telling us is a ranking factor. I’m talking to developers that generally know this though, and I bet your question is exactly the same as the first question I had:
Why would I pay money for an SSL certificate when I can use Let’s Encrypt for free?
So I asked them. This way I could make sure I understand it and then relay that information to you. Turns out, there is a bunch of stuff you get for a buying an SSL certificate from GoGetSSL. One is particularly interesting: they have free certificates too, and you don’t have to do fancy command-line stuff to get one, and include customer support and other benefits. So there is that.
Here’s a dozen other things they told me.
- Paid SSL can use ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography, an popular alternative to RSA). All GoGetSSL certificates have ECC included.
- Paid SSL has Multi-Domain and Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificate which allow protecting up to 250 different wildcard domains with the same certificate.
- Let’s Encrypt can be painful for some users who don’t have knowledge of using the command line and configuring servers.
- Paid SSL provides SSL management for you, like letting you know when your certificate is going to expire. Let’s Encrypt has automatic 90-day renewals, but it has a volume limit. If someone floods them with new certificates, you may not receive your renewal SSL in time and could potentially leave your site unprotected.
- Paid SSL verifies the business organization, which is an extra level of trust for customers. You can actually check the owner of a website within the certificate.
- Paid SSL can include an LEI code, which is a cross-check verification for the organization. Let’s Encrypt would never have that, as it is a paid feature.
- Paid SSL offers a dynamic site seal logo with identity verification.
- Paid SSL can protect the public IP address (a very popular product right now).
- Paid SSL can have a warranty (the certificate vendor must provide reimbursement for end-users who are charged fraudulently).
- Paid SSL has premium customer support.
- Paid SSL may issue Code Signing Certificates (assurance that a piece of software is from a particular developer and has not been tampered with). Let’s Encrypt does not offer this.
- Paid SSL may issue Personal Authentication / S/MIME SSL certificates (like an SSL certificate for email), another thing Let’s Encrypt does not offer.
Sound good? Try GoGetSSL for your SSL certificates.