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Based on the answers to this question, I'd like to secure my website using SSL. Now there are several types of certificates and I don't know which one to choose.

My application doesn't include any financial transactions or similar, I just want to make the login process secure. Therefore I'm tempted to choose the cheapest certificate I can get, but what I definitely do not want is that the user get's some kind of Browser warning about the certificate being insecure / unknown / whatsoever where he has to click "Trust" or "Continue" to reach my website.

So what is the simplest certificate I can get with the minimum requirement above? Looking at hosting providers, I see features like

  • Validated Domain
  • Validated Organization
  • Validated Owner
  • Extended Validation
  • Different encryption strengths
  • AutoCSR
  • Green Address Bar
  • SGC (Server Gated Cryptography)
  • Security Seal
  • Insurance (don't need that)
  • ...

Thanks in advance, your answers are always a great help!

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Any certificate that you can buy from any reputable vendor will make the browser warning go away on all major browsers. You can even get one for free (with domain-only validation) from

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+1 for startcom. We use them extensively for free certs when we want to go up one step from self-signed. It works well on almost all platforms. We have only encountered problems with some old symbian telephones. – pehrs Nov 11 '10 at 18:17

GoDaddy certificates are pretty cheap, and I haven't run into an issue with them not being trusted. You certainly don't need to purchase an extended validation certificate, just a normal web cert will do fine.

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You'll be fine with the cheapest cert you can get. We've used the low end certs from RapidSSL, Thawte and recently AlphaSSL with no problem at all.

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