Why should I pay for an SSL certificate? It’s a question we get asked all the time. Why pay for something that is free? Are paid certificates better than free certificates?
These are all good questions. Questions to which there aren’t necessarily easy answers. Because the decision between free SSL and paid SSL comes down to several factors, the most important being the tech-savviness of you or your IT staff.
Free SSL certificates come free as they’re issued by non-profit certificate authorities. Let’s Encrypt, a leading non-profit CA provides SSL/TLS certificates for free. Their purpose is to encrypt the entire web to the extent that HTTPS becomes the norm.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? It is.
But it wouldn’t be free if there wasn’t a catch. In this case, there are many.