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Practitioner Tools: Digital Certificates

With prices for the most expensive digital certificates coming in at over 300 times more than the least expensive, it pays to be sure of what you’re buying when you cough up the cash for a server certificate. Here’s what the SSL certificate companies would rather you didn’t know.

When it comes to protecting confidential information via SSL, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you get what you pay for. So, you might think that a $1500 certificate from a company like Thawte or Verisign ought to be literally hundreds of times better than the cheapest $5 digital certificate you can find.

But this is far from the truth. These two new articles in our Practice Building section cover the nuts and bolts of digital certificates and SSL — including what SSL is, why all digital certificates are in some sense created equal, and the role of certificate authorities — plus my personal experiences (both good and bad) with buying digital certificates.