What's The Difference Between Paid and Free SSL

To make it easier to get in touch with us, from the 24th of March 2016 all support tickets will need to be submitted from your Crucial Control Panel.

What's The Difference Between Paid and Free SSL

The main reasons you may want to pay for a SSL certificate, rather than use our free SSL's (provided by Let's Encrypt) are:

1 - Paid SSL certificates can be valid for up ot 2yrs (compared to 3 months for free)

2 - EV SSL certificates are business validated which makes the SSL more trustworthy for businesses

3 - A paid SSL has warranty (up to $20M for the more expensive certificates) so it may be possible to file a claim if the SSL is broken by hackers. Free certificates come with no warranty

The complete list of differences are:

  Paid SSL (Rapid SSL and Others) Free SSL
Warranty Yes (Up to $20M) NO
Support Provided Yes Yes (partial, no guarantee)
SSL Length 1-2Yrs 3months
Automatic Renewal No Yes
Personal Validation Yes Yes
Business Validation Yes (on EV Certificates) Yes


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