SSL Certificates

All SupportHost hosting plans include a free SSL Certificate issued by Let's Encrypt. In some cases, however, it is advisable to use a different type of SSL Certificate.

Comparing Certificates

Comodo SSL certificates and Let's Encrypt SSL certificates are two of the most popular solutions nowadays. The question becomes: Which of these certificates is best suited to you and your website? Is free always better than paid? Are there differences between having a certificate that expires in 2 years and one that expires in 3 months? Let's make a comparison to understand which of these solutions is best suited to your needs.

Please note that if you have a hosting plan with SupportHost you already have Let's Encrypt SSL certificate active and fully functional (the certificate is automatically activated within 24 hours of activating your hosting account).

Analogies

Let's start with the analogies. What do Let's Encrypt and a paid SSL certificate have in common? There are many things in common:

  • Domain Validation
  • 2048-bit RSA Key
  • Encryption strength up to 256-bit
  • HTTPS Connection
  • Removing the "not secure" alert from the browser

From a technical point of view, data encryption works in the same way. Both certificates can be used for your website and allow you to use a secure HTTPS connection. Even the security of the encryption does not change.

Differences

There are differences though. The SSL Certificates we sell offer features that Let's Encrypt does not offer:

  • Technical Support
  • Warranties
  • Certificates valid for 1 and 2 years
  • Certificate management tools
  • Secure site seal

Comodo is a commercial certification authority. This means that it earns money and reinvests part of its profits in support and certificate management tools. Let's Encrypt being free cannot afford to offer support, management tools or guarantees. In practice you are alone.

Warranties

When you make a purchase it gives you confidence to know that there is a guarantee if you are not satisfied with the service, so if something goes wrong as expected do not stay empty-handed.

The same applies to SSL Certificates. When you protect a site with SSL you are protecting your users' data. When a security breach occurs your customers will get angry, and they may even sue you.

This is always bad news, especially if you had nothing to do with the data leak. That's why SSL Certificates provide a guarantee. In case there is a problem in the part of the certification authority you are covered by the warranty (e.g. an error in issuing the certificate or an error in their SSL protocol).

These guarantees start at $10000 for most Domain Validated and Organization Validated certificates. Each certificate provides you with a different warranty, up to $17,500,000 warranty in some particular certificates.

Comparison Table

BrandComodoLet’s Encrypt
ValidationDomain ValidationDomain Validation
Site Sealcomodo-possitivessl-site sealNo
Protected domainsDepends from certificateSingle
Issuing timeMinutesMinutes
Encryption Strength256-bit256-bit
Support24/7 Phone and chatNo
Browser Compatibility99.9%99.9%
WarrantyYes, amount depends from certificateNo
Vulnerability ScanningFree TrialNo
PCI ScanningFree TrialNo
PriceFrom 18€/yearFree

Comodo Positive SSL

Personal Web Sites

Domain Validation
Single Domain
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 15 minutes

Starts From € 18/year

Comodo Essential SSL

Personal Web Sites

Domain Validation
Single Domain
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 15 minutes

Starts From € 50/year

Comodo Instant SSL

eCommerce and Business Web Sites

Domain Validation
Single Domain
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 2-3 days, Paperwork Required

Starts From € 60/year

Comodo PositiveSSL Multi-Domain

eCommerce Web Sites

Domain Validation
Multiple Domains
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 15 minutes

Starts From € 60/year

Comodo Positive SSL Wildcard

Personal and Business Web Sites

Domain Validation
Single Domain, Wildcard
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 15 minutes

Starts From € 130/year

Comodo EV SSL

eCommerce Web Sites

Extended Validation
Single Domain
Encryption up to 256-bit
Generated in 1o days, Paperwork Required

Starts From € 130/year

Comodo Positive SSL

This is one of the most popular SSL Certificates on the market since it has a low cost and is easy to set up and install. This makes it suitable for personal sites and blogs that do not use large amounts of user data.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year18 €17,50€---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included1
Additional DomainsNone
Great forPersonal Web Sites
Validation typeDomain Validated
GreenBarNo
Paperwork RequiredNone
Protectionwww.site.com and site.com
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty10.000$
Supported Browsers 99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Lunghezza ChiaveFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Domain Validation

Domain Validation means that Comodo controls that you have ownership of the domain. Basically you will receive an email with a confirmation code or you will have to upload a file to the server so that it can be reached by visiting your domain. Domain Validated certificates are generated in minutes.

Single Domain

This certificate allows you to protect only one domain. Your domain will be protected in both versions: www.site.com and site.com.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $10000.

Site Seal

This certificate includes a static Site Seal that you can show anywhere on your site to let your customers know that they are in a safe environment.

No paperwork

The validation process is entirely online so no documentation is required to generate the certificate. It's quick and easy.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

Comodo Essential SSL

This is one of the most popular SSL Certificates on the market since it has a low cost and is easy to set up and install. This makes it suitable for personal sites and blogs that do not use large amounts of user data.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year50 €45€---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included1
Additional DomainsNone
Great forPersonal Web Sites
Validation typeDomain Validated
GreenBarNo
Paperwork RequiredNone
Protectionwww.site.com and site.com
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty10.000$
Supported Browsers 99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Key LenghtFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Domain Validation

Domain Validation means that Comodo controls that you have ownership of the domain. Basically you will receive an email with a confirmation code or you will have to upload a file to the server so that it can be reached by visiting your domain. Domain Validated certificates are generated in minutes.

Single Domain

This certificate allows you to protect only one domain. Your domain will be protected in both versions: www.site.com and site.com.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $10000.

Site Seal

This certificate includes a static Site Seal that you can show anywhere on your site to let your customers know that they are in a safe environment.

No paperwork

The validation process is entirely online so no documentation is required to generate the certificate. It's quick and easy.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

Comodo Instant SSL

Instant SSL is a professional certificate at an affordable price. Comodo verifies the company behind the site in addition to the domain name. This makes it ideal for those activities that keep their customers' personal data. This type of certificate gives greater credibility and security and offers a guarantee of $50000.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year60 €55€---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included1
Additional DomainsNone
Great forBusiness Web Sites
Validation typeOrganization Validated
GreenBarNo
Paperwork RequiredRequired to certify your Company
Protectionwww.site.com and site.com
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty50.000$
Supported Browsers99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Key LenghtFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Organization Validation

Oltre alla Domain Validation come per gli altri certificati Comodo controlla i dati della tua società prima di generare il certificato per dare una maggiore assicurazione ai tuoi utenti.

Single Domain

This certificate allows you to protect only one domain. Your domain will be protected in both versions: www.site.com and site.com.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $50000.

Site Seal

This certificate includes a static Site Seal that you can show anywhere on your site to let your customers know that they are in a safe environment.

Paperwork Required

You will need to submit documentation for validation. If everything is in place Comodo will generate the certificate in 2 working days.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

Comodo PositiveSSL Multi-Domain

PositiveSSL Multi-Domain certificates allow you to secure multiple websites including up to 100 domains per certificate. For example you can use it for domains with the same name but different extensions for different languages.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year60 €55€---
Additional Domains (3 domains are included)
Price/year15 €13 €---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included3 (domains or subdomains)
Additional DomainsUp to 97 (domains or subdomains)
Great foreCommerce
Validation typeDomain Validated
GreenBarNo
Paperwork RequiredNone
Protectionblog.mysite.com, secure.mysite.co.uk, payment.mysite.net, www.blog.mysite.org
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty10.000$
Supported Browsers99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Key LenghtFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Domain Validation

Domain Validation means that Comodo controls that you have ownership of the domain. Basically you will receive an email with a confirmation code or you will have to upload a file to the server so that it can be reached by visiting your domain. Domain Validated certificates are generated in minutes.

Multidomain

This certificate can be used for 3 domains for free, but you can use up to 100 domains for an additional fee.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $10000.

Site Seal

This certificate includes a static Site Seal that you can show anywhere on your site to let your customers know that they are in a safe environment.

No paperwork

The validation process is entirely online so no documentation is required to generate the certificate. It's quick and easy.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

Comodo Positive SSL Wildcard

The PositiveSSL Wildcard certificate is a solution to protect your subdomains and your main domain. The subdomains you can protect are unlimited and the certificate is easy to install. For example, the certificate generated for *.dominio.it will also be valid for www.dominio.it, secure.dominio.it, mail.dominio.it, etc.

In addition to this, the PositiveSSL Wildcard certificate provides PCI scanning to ensure that all customer credit card data is maintained with the necessary encryption.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year130 €125€---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included1 plus all subdomains
Additional DomainsNone
Great forPersonal or Business Web Sites
Validation typeDomain Validated
GreenBarNo
Paperwork RequiredNone
Protectionmysite.com, www.mysite.com, login.mysite.com, mail.mysite.com
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty10.000$
Supported Browsers 99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Key LenghtFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Domain Validation

Domain Validation means that Comodo controls that you have ownership of the domain. Basically you will receive an email with a confirmation code or you will have to upload a file to the server so that it can be reached by visiting your domain. Domain Validated certificates are generated in minutes.

WildCard

With the Comodo PositiveSSL Wildcard certificate you can protect an unlimited number of subdomains, saving time and money.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $10000.

Site Seal

This certificate includes a static Site Seal that you can show anywhere on your site to let your customers know that they are in a safe environment.

No paperwork

The validation process is entirely online so no documentation is required to generate the certificate. It's quick and easy.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

Comodo EV SSL

Improve conversions and increase your customers' trust with a Comodo EV SSL certificate, showing your company's name in the green bar in the browser to the left of the URL. This guarantees your users that sensitive data is securely transmitted from a domain that uses the most complex SHA2 and ECC encryption available on the market. In addition, this certificate provides a guarantee of $1,750,000.

Prices

Duration1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years
Price/year130125€---

Features

BrandComodo
Domains Included1
Additional DomainsNone
Great foreCommerce
Validation typeExtended Validation
GreenBarYes
Paperwork RequiredRequired to certify your Company
Protectionwww.site.com and site.com
Mobile SupportYes
Refund15 days
Warranty1.750.000$
Supported Browsers99.9%
ReissuesFree, Unlimited
Key LenghtFrom 2048
EncryptionUp to 256-bit

Extended Validation

Oltre alla Domain Validation come per gli altri certificati Comodo controlla i dati della tua società prima di generare il certificato per dare una maggiore assicurazione ai tuoi utenti.

Single Domain

This certificate allows you to protect only one domain. Your domain will be protected in both versions: www.site.com and site.com.

Warranty

This is the amount that Comodo pays your users in case of problems in case there is a problem due to the certificate. This certificate has a guarantee of $1.750.000$.

Green Bar

When a user views your site they will see a green bar (the graphic changes depending on the browser) which reassures the customer that the website is safe.

Paperwork Required

You will need to submit documentation for validation. If everything is in place Comodo will generate the certificate in 10-12 working days.

15-Day Refund Policy

This certificate has a 15-day refund policy, i.e. you can try it out for 15 days and if it's not for you you you can get the money back.

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