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December 13th, 2010, 11:14 PM
just noticed as I was trying to sign into versign pip...

December 13th, 2010, 11:37 PM
Nice,its interesting, i want to read that...

December 14th, 2010, 12:07 AM
Free TRIALS. Only good for 30 days (or 60 days for a non-encrypting "trust" cert).

There are other places that offer free basic certs though. I have contemplated getting one with this company:

Not that I need one - just something else to play with at home! :)

Don't know much about all this yet, I've just started looking into it...

December 14th, 2010, 12:21 AM
its a notice for people who are considering adding SSL to their site. I, even an internet user would probably trust sites that are using well known certificate issuers, over free certificates.

December 14th, 2010, 11:22 AM
Possibly. I expect those of us who would even notice that there ARE different issuers are in the minority, though! (Yeah, I'm cynical...)

Most of the reason I'd be interested in a signed cert is to be able to use https to secure connections to my site, and not annoy users with the "this is a self-signed cert" warning browsers currently issue. In that regard, pretty much any signing authority that's in browsers by default works just as well. It might be a different case if I wanted the extended-validation "trust" versions for an online store or such.

There are certainly some authorities I'd stay away from, for various reasons. Others I still don't really know much about, the one I listed I only know about as it came up in a Slashdot discussion thread. Quite a few posters recommended it. That's still a project way down my list of to-dos, so I don't know much beyond that at this point! :P

December 14th, 2010, 11:31 AM

I once managed to get a working cert from StartSSL, but never again. So your mileage may vary, but it is great when it works.