What's The Difference Between Paid and Free SSL
The main reasons you may want to pay for a SSL certificate, rather than use our free SSLs (provided by Let's Encrypt) are:
1 - Paid SSL certificates can be valid for up to 2yrs (compared to 3 months for free).
2 - EV SSL certificates are business validated which makes the SSL more trustworthy for businesses.
3 - A paid SSL has warranty (up to $20M for the more expensive certificates) so it may be possible to file a claim if the SSL is broken by hackers. Free certificates come with no warranty.
The complete list of differences are:
|Paid SSL (Rapid SSL and Others)
|Warranty||Yes (Up to $20M)
||Yes (partial, no guarantee)|
|SSL Length||1-2 Yrs
|Business Validation||Yes (on EV Certificates)