Is it okay to use the FREE SSL Certificate offered by: Instant SSL by comodo.

The site says:

Our promise to you:

There is absolutely no cost or commitment for your SSL certificate.

You'll get free SSL with full https functionality and the golden padlock free for 90 days

I want to use it for testing purposes.

  • Is it okay to use one?
  • Is there any catch?
  • Can I shift to other certificate provider later?
  • How good are the certificate offered by StartCom? Sine they are free, are there any catches?

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  • If it's for testing purposes, why not just use a self-signed one? – ceejayoz Jan 23 '12 at 19:01
  • @ceejayoz oh din't know I could do that! Lookin into it. – ThinkingMonkey Jan 23 '12 at 19:03
  • @ceejayoz since I want to test the site with some friends. Receiving an untrusted is not good :(. So, I better look for StartCom I guess. – ThinkingMonkey Jan 23 '12 at 19:06
  • You can't tell your friends to ignore the warning during testing? – ceejayoz Jan 23 '12 at 19:13
  • @ceejayoz I can. But, I want more people to test it. So if I enable my friends to invite their friends, It will be a problem. – ThinkingMonkey Jan 23 '12 at 19:46

I'm using StartCom without any problems: no browser warnings about invalid certs and so on.

Their schtick is to set the expiry of the certificate to a year, so you will need to go back to them every year to get a new one. They will do some upsell to get you to buy something.

You can shift to a different provider later. Just install the new cert in place of the old one.

  • +1 Also use them. The upsell attempts are minimal and they're straight forward with what's offered, no gimmicks. I'm quite happy so far. – Chris S Jan 23 '12 at 19:28
  • That's quite true: they are most definitely not GoDaddy, where it takes 10 minutes to figure out how to get off a page without buying something you don't want. – cjc Jan 23 '12 at 19:34
  • StartCom is actually StartSSL. Any chance to make the edit? – Dan Dascalescu Nov 26 '12 at 7:49

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