Publicly Signed SSL certificate

I am looking to purchase a publicly signed SSL certificate to use for a secure web login and stop endless browser security prompts.

Does it matter what CA to purchase from?

Especially as it has to work with Chrome.

I'm sure in the past I have purchased from 123-reg and ended up having to get users to install 123-reg CA root certificate to stop the prompts, which is what I was trying to avoid in the first place!
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"Does it matter what CA to purchase from?"
Any major-name CA should be fine.

"Especially as it has to work with Chrome."
SSL certificates are browser agnostic.
matedwardsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Paul... super quick..!

I know Verisign and Geotrust are big, however, Godaddy are doing a deal and this is only for wireless login.

Are they a major-name.?

thanks again
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Verisign, GeoTrust, and GoDaddy are all trustworthy CAs.  We use DigiCert where I work.  I wouldn't have a problem with any of these.

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matedwardsAuthor Commented:
Fantastic.. concise answers and very quick.. much appreciated


Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Happy to help.  Thanks for the points!
matedwardsAuthor Commented:

Unfortunately, I brought a SSL certificate from GoDaddy.

Non of my clients would trust it, and I got lots of warnings and prompts, unless I installed a GoDaddy intermediate certificate.

Even though Go Daddy Secure Certificate Authority - G2 was listed in Trusted Roots Authority on the clients.

Yet, again I may as well have used a self-signed certificate.

Is there anyway of guaranteeing a certificate you purchase will be trusted without having to install root certificates, intermediate certificates, leaf certificates etc?
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"Non of my clients would trust it..."
I can't imagine this being the case.  GoDaddy is a large, well-trusted ISP.  If your clients didn't have a current intermediate certificate for GoDaddy, either their operating systems are not up-to-date, or GoDaddy recently had to reissue intermediate certificates for some reason.  I wonder if they didn't issue YOU the intermediate for deployment from your web server and maybe you didn't do that.  It might be worth following up with GoDaddy to find out.
matedwardsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Paul.. it turns out the problem (this time) is with the Sophos captive (web) portal I used the certificate with.

The unit (Sophos XG230) is unable to display its hostname in the browser (only it's internal IP address) so clients basically get COMMON NAME error in their browsers.

Sonicwall (which I'm more familiar with) have had this feature for many years so I didn't even think of looking for it.

I and many others have added it as a feature request to Sophos.

Many thanks for all your input.
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You're very welcome; and thank you for the points, and for updating the question with your resolution - it's sure to help someone else, someday.
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