SSL (secure sockets layer) certificates are very important nowadays, if you want your website and business to convey trustworthiness and if you want to make your customers feel safe to perform transactions and share personal details on your site.
That ‘https’ in the URL and the green closed lock are reassuring to both users and the owner of the website, which can only be good for business.
Here are some of the best SSL certificates providers to consider in 2018:
Comodo. It is among the biggest and most popular providers on the market. It uses up to 256-bit encryption, it offers unlimited server licensing and reissues, it comes with a 30 days refund and it also has some of the most affordable packages.
Entrust. It provides standard SSL certificates and prices range from $163 to $199/year. The certificates sold by Entrust protect your PDF signing, email, code-signing and device authentication. There is also the option of Wildcard SSLs, which cover unlimited servers and subdomains. Prices are higher though, $609/year. All certificates come with the SWS service which consists in regular scans of your site. The SWS is a good way to detect on time any potential malware and other online threats.
Thawte. It is a really affordable Wildcard SSL certificate provider. Even their least expensive plan, which costs $524/year, comes with $1.25 million warranty, unlimited server licenses, free reissues and more. Thawte has issued so far close to 1 billion certificates in more than 240 countries across the Globe. It offers up to 256-bit encryption and it has a great browser compatibility.
RapidSSL. It is a product owned by GeoTrust, but it is tailored for smaller businesses, not corporations, as it is the case with GeoTrust. It is also an affordable option, you can get it for $59/year or $249/year, if you want the Wildcard Certificate with unlimited subdomains and a $10,000 warranty. Another notable thing about RapidSSL is its customer support, which is free and 24/7 (via web and email). RapidSSL also offers a free trial certificate for 30 days.
GoDaddy. Although it is primarily known and used for domain registration and its hosting services, GoDaddy is a reliable SSL certificate provider, too. Prices start from $65/year for standard SSL (for a single site) and the encryption is 256-bit. You are entitled to a refund within 30 days from your purchase and you’ve got 24/7 support by phone, live chat or email. The only thing you have to be careful with when choosing GoDaddy is their renewal prices, which can be quite expensive.
Network Solutions. The basic SSL certificates go for $108/year while Wildcard SSL Certificates are $512/year. Network Solutions use 256-bit encryption, have a good compatibility with most browsers and they include free replacement of your SSL in case you decide to change your hosting provider. They come with 24/7, award winning customer support. Certificates from Network Solutions are issued within minutes.
Other reliable providers you can choose when it comes to buying SSL Certificates for your website are GlobalSign, ClickSSL, SSL.com.