Yes you can get them free all day long, BUT the reason you pay $200 is browser support, startssl is not a trusted ca in every browser (someone correct me if I am wrong) plus they aren't 2048 bit, verus someone like digicert, godaddy, or comodo who is supported in every major browser.

Riley Childs
Asst. Head of IT Services
Charlotte United Christian Academy
(704) 497-2086
Sent from my Windows Phone, please excuse mistakes
From: Lisa Rabey<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 3/9/2014 7:54 PM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Shop Link

On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM, Riley Childs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I know there was talk of an SSL cert, why not start a spread shirt store and then use the revenue to pay for an SSL cert?

You can get an SSL certs for free. See as an example.

The issue, I believe, with the SSL cert quandary was not the cost but
the installation and maintenance. StartSSL does it by a year by year
basis, so someone will be have to be on the hook as the primary
contact and updater of the cert itself.


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