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SSL Providers: Independent Compatibility

Posted on 2011-09-20
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I am trying to determine which SSL certificate would have the best reach, without being rejected by browsers.

I must choose from of of the following:
 - Comodo
 - GeoTrust
 - Thawte
 - Trustwave

They ALL claim 99% browser compatibility, however it is possible that they all define browser compatibility differently.

Do you know of any INDEPENDENT comparisons?

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hankknight - I don't know of any independent comparisons about SSL certs.

I do know that GeoTrust & Thawte have had their root CAs in browsers since around the year 2000.

I don't know how long Trustwave & Comodo have had their root CAs in browsers.

Can you look at your traffic logs for your website(s), and then base your decision on the 99% of browsers that you have coming to you?
If you have 99% of your users coming from InternetExplorer, Chrome, and Firefox, you should be good with Thawte & GeoTrust.

I just looked in the list of Certificate Authorities for Google Chrome, and I found Thawte, GeoTrust, & Comodo.  I didn't find Trustwave, but perhaps it is under another name?

On Chrome -> they are under Preferences -> Under The Hood -> Manage Certificates -> System Roots.

Hope this level of detail helps.

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