Are all SSLs created equal?
I’ve heard these questions a lot lately, and I have a feeling more people are curious so I wanted to shed some insight.
First, it helps to understand that all SSLs ultimately function the same way, regardless of provider – they all encrypt the data transmitted between browser and server. Think about SSLs like toasters – all toasters are designed to toast bread, right?
Most providers offer a few SSL varieties: Standard, Extended Validation, and Wildcard. Sort of like typical toaster styles: two-slice, four-slice, or toaster ovens.
And like toasters, prices can be very different between stores. I won’t get into the economics of it, but I’m sure you know how it goes: A big-box shop might sell your favorite toaster for much less than a smaller boutique store. The quality is no different because it’s the same exact toaster. The only difference is price.
So with an SSL, how can you compare apples to apples? Look at the same style, and then check out the features such as encryption strength, site seal image, support, and number of domains covered. In the toaster world, that equates roughly to color, size, doneness indicators, and crumb-tray accessibility.
Go Daddy SSLs include unlimited usage, industry-best 24/7 support, and high-grade 256-bit encryption (encryption strength for a connection is determined by the level of encryption supported by a visitors browser and the server that the website resides on). Interested in other features? Check out the SSL Certificates page for more information.