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SSL certificate options

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Hello, just a basic question regarding SSL certificate options.  It looks like there are a ton of vendors out there, and not a huge amount of difference between the certificates.  My hosting company has a relationship with Trustwave, where I can get a certificate for $89 per year.  I know I can go much cheaper with GoDaddy or others, but I don't mind paying the extra $$.  But the question I have is, what is the downside with going with a lesser-known SSL certificate vendor from a user perspective?  When I look at certificate authorities on my FireFox browser, Trustwave is not listed but GoDaddy, Thawte, Verisign, etc. are.  Does that mean I (and other users) would get a popup window/warning message when I went to a site secured by Trustwave?
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Ahmed Ezzat AbuRayaNetwork Developer Engineer

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There are some sites offering help about choosing the best SSL  vendor and what are the differences between them.  Have you checked http://www.whichssl.com/ ?

Hope it can help you :)
ParanormasticCryptographic Engineer
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Trustwave is compatible with most browsers.  You are probably just looking for the wrong thing - they will show up under "SecureTrust CA" not Trustwave.  When you view the cert, on the Certification Path tab you will see it listed as Trustwave.  You should be fine for most cases - I don't know them well enough to say which products they are or are not listed, but the have the big ones at least.  I did notice that I don't see them listed in my blackberry, whereas godaddy is, for what that's worth.

From one of Trustwave's brochures, they claim to be compatible with at least:
IE 5.00.2919.6307+
Netscape 4.61+
AOL 5+
Opera 6.1+
Mozilla 0.9.8+
Safari (all)
Firefox 0.7+ (including other linux browsers that follow FF's lead such as Epiphany, Galeon, and Konqueror)

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Did you see that in IE or Firefox?  My version of IE (IE7) does not list SecureTrust under Trusted Root Certification Authorities.  And my version of Firefox (FF3) lists SecureTrust under Certificate Manager - Authorities, but all of the certificate details referenced SecureTrust, not Trustwave.  Just want to make sure I have a basic understanding - I may be looking in the wrong place.
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