Cheaper SSL...

Do you need to buy or renew a secure certificate now or at some point in the future... perhaps for OWA, or RPC over HTTP?... The answer will probably be yes... Well, Paul Robichaux decided that he wasn't going to be robbed (as my employer was, not too long ago) and decided to use InstantSSL. The purchase went well, and he's recommending them.

Has anyone else used InstantSSL? Let us know what you think of them.

Chris Meirick on September 12, 2003 at 02:41 PM in Useful Info
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Why would paying more for Verisign be robbed?
Well, don't give it another Thawte. Verisign still maintains, whether justified or not, a solid branding of trust and security online. There is an intangible value to online business in using such a recognizable seal if you will.

Is this important for an OWA cert? Not really.

Basically I disagree with Paul in that Verisign are not monopolists, and that they represent an option for security certificates. If your primary consideration for an SSL cert is price, then they probably aren't your number 1 choice.

Let's look at InstantSSL. They don't own a trusted root. SSL Review lists them as "technically unstable".

Does that cause a problem with OWA? Maybe not.

Along the same lines, I would still pay more for a book by Paul Robichaux (I have a few of them) than say, by someone else.

William Lefkovics
formerly of Verisign

Posted by: William Lefkovics at Sep 12, 2003 5:58:53 PM

Nice table over at - thanks!

It does seem that 'you get what you pay for,' and that if something seems 'too good to be true,' then perhaps it is.

More news about InstantSSL (Comodo)

"Comodo does not own a trusted root - as a result they must use the Baltimore chaining program in order for its certificates to be trusted by popular browsers...Baltimore has announced that it is seeking one or more strategic partners through a Controlled Sales Process. This could mean significant disruption for Comodo who, due to not owning their own trusted root certificate, rely soley on Baltimore in order to provide their InstantSSL certificates."


I still believe that GBP586 (USD900 or CAD1270)... (hey I could get a job in a bureau du change)... as charged by BT/Verisign, does seem like a lot to pay for 12 months, especially if the user numbers are fairly low... but if you want the best...

Posted by: Chris Meirick at Sep 13, 2003 1:41:11 AM

Hi. I have used InstantSSL for small business also. All went well and service was excellent!!
Highly recommended!

Posted by: Antknee at Sep 15, 2003 7:42:24 AM

COMODO SSL are the worst when it comes to customer support. There call number NEVER WORKS...I called up sales and told them about it and he wasn't surprised APPARENTLY there is NO SUPPORT BY PHONE...guess they are CHEAP for a reason.

Posted by: Maverick at Jan 24, 2007 4:00:30 PM

I InstantSSL for small businesses as well. Everything went well and the service was excellent! Highly recommended!

Posted by: Cheap SSL Certificate at Oct 20, 2010 12:33:00 PM

Keep the faith, my Internet friend. You are a first-class writer and deserve to be heard.

Posted by: wildcard SSL at Dec 28, 2010 4:20:34 AM

I had the exact same problem Maverick, Comodo SSL have terrible customer support. I couldn't get through by phone and when I called up sales, I was shocked to discover that they don't have phone support.

Posted by: apache ssl certificate at Jan 28, 2011 4:18:00 AM

Apache sorry to hear that, I am part of the sales division at Comodo..if there is anything I can do to help? Let me know. We do offer phone support, as well as online support and live chat. In addition, as a customer your assigned a dedicated account manager.

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There's a lot of great SSL options out there now days - and cheaper too! Prices are coming down.

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