How to get a free SSL certificate

Last week I showed you how you don’t want “bank grade” security in your SSL.

I used the Qualys SSL Labs test to rate the bank’s SSL security. One of the first steps you need to take to get a good rating on the SSL Labs test, is to get a trusted certificate.

Without a trusted certificate you are not going to get any higher than a T rating on the SSL Labs test. As you may already know, if you use a self-signed certificate on a public website you will get a warning from the browser that the website is unsafe. The only way of avoiding this is to get a certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority that the browsers recognise. Unfortunately most Certificate Authorities charge a yearly fee for certificate which can cost anywhere from £5 – £500 a year.

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