$5/year for a rubber stamp is a significant cost if you run many non-commercial projects. It gets far more expensive if you need eg. a wildcard certificate for dealing with subdomains.@joepie91
If you look in the right place you can get one for less than $5 a year.
If you are running a web server manually, i assume you have a grasp of the configuration. Adding SSL support only requires 2-3 lines of code. If you want a better cipher strength you don't have to do a lot of research, just add the recommendations by ssllabs or mozilla. If you are using a panel like cpanel its point and click.
In the website section you just have to make sure all the internal and external resources are loaded over https
tl;dr abolish Certificate Authorities or bust. The Entire Concept is as rotten to the core as the x86 apple of the Internet's 13 Root Name Servers' eyes... but you already knew that so just install an SSL cert or whatever.In this day and age of well-known NSA spying, everyone keeps saying that the only way to be safe is to use SSL/TLS, commonly known as "browsing with https://".
The sad reality is that HTTPS does virtually nothing to protect you from the prying eyes of alphabet soup agencies - or anybody else with enough knowledge about how these supposedly "secure" connections actually work.
It's true that connecting to web sites with SSL will certainly prevent "script kiddies" and other more winky opponents from eavesdropping on your surfing or otherwise interfering in your affairs. But as for the Real Bad Guys, forget it...
We shall begin by taking a brief dive down the rabbit hole of SSL, hopefully in a way that will make sense to even the least technically inclined among us.
Whenever you do any type of ecommerce on the internet and need to encrypt sensitive information such as customer data. You wouldn't even be able to get a merchant account with SSL on your site. If your site isn't open to the public than I really don't see any point in having SSL.When do you need to use it? What if your site isn't public facing is there any benefit in having an SSL?
The Green SSL or EV SSLs are costly and can go upto $150/year or even above. These SSLs acts and converts a lot better and builds a better trust as compared to those normal SSLsYou will look more "trustworthy" by the green ssl sign to your customers. Also it helps you google rank now as they now count ssl in their algorithms.
And obviously if you store customers's data or do online transactions, then SSL is compulsary.
I remember last year when some of the leading Binary Options brokers weren't even bothering with SSL certs, and these are websites asking for credit card details with a minimum deposit of $250. Seemed kind of hilarious, but apparently had no detrimental effect on their businesses.if you are going to buy something online I think its a given you have to do it from a provider that has SSL on their site. Depending on what you are looking to buy then I look to see if they have the Green address bar.
A company that is selling online that doesn't have an SSL or an EV Ssl tells me they don't really care about security or that they are not planning on being around long enough for it to really matter. IMO
I got my Comodo EV for $99 per year direct. Not sure how long the offer will last, but still.The Green SSL or EV SSLs are costly and can go upto $150/year or even above. These SSLs acts and converts a lot better and builds a better trust as compared to those normal SSLs
There's a few CDN's that allow you to have your own custom SSL for no cost. KeyCDN and CDN77 are two that I know of.Just a hint if you plan to use a CDN at all SSL mite not be the best answer (it can get expensive to add SSL to CDN content)