Brad on 10 Jul 2013 04:44:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] https Certificates Question

The difference between the various price points for SSL certs is determined by the features which are enabled on that cert. For example, a basic SSL web server cert (usually cheap or free), is different than the cert used to sign software or perform other types of signing/encryption features (this is the $250+ price point). For a web server, you just need the basic cert though you can get certs with higher levels of encryption for more money if you are more security conscious. Read through the features and you should start to see some differences, though for what your doing, the basic web server cert should be fine.

I've used for my web server cert (through

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 7:41 AM, Jonathan Simpson <> wrote:
I have used startssl  ( with some success.  You can get a cert for free from them.

I haven't tried CAcert but have thus far had no issues with startssl, although I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has.

On 7/10/2013 7:35 AM, Mail List wrote:
I need to set up one of my apache web servers as a secure server with
https protocol.

I'm wondering about the costs and potential pitfalls in doing so.

A quick web search has found that commercial certificates from the "big
guys" are around $250/year.  However, I see that CAcert offers
for free.

Can anyone point me to a good primer/reference for this, or let me know
how you fared establishing a secure web server?

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