For an e-commerce site accepting payment information, I am being told I need to get an SSL Certificate. My hosting provider offers it for $99/year plus $25 initiation. Prices vary greatly -- e.g. verisign is much more expensive.
Does it matter which SSL I choose? Is there a difference in quality or reputation or is that the same thing in this context? Is there any reason why renting through my host gives an advantage?
Obviously I don't want to waste money paying extra for nothing. Appreciate any thoughts on how to make the decision.
Not sure if this is the right place to add this but -- from everything I have seen, the two disticntions between SSL certificates is the impact/value to the customer of seeing a particular SSL badge and possibly the quality of customer service, though frankly I am not sure what I will need their help for once the certificate is issued.
Anyway, I guess the ultimate question is, how much does the consumer care whether it is Verisign (expensive) or Commodo (cheaper) who is managing the SSL process? Does the customer care whether it is an EV certificate or not? If the customer is more likely to transact based on a particular seal, maybe it makes sense to pay more?