Startcom SSL Certificate Reviews

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Starcom is a company based in Eliat, Israel and it endeavours into designing open source OS (operating system), web hosting and SSL certificates. Starcom’s SSL certificates are verified by web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer etc.

Startcom SSL Certificate has a free variant of the certificate for email encryption and web servers. High-security variants of the SSL certificates are available at an increasing price. You can use the standard certificate for non-commercial sites only.

PROS

CERTIFICATES AT A REASONABLE PRICE
When other competitors in SSL certificate field are providing these certificates at a higher price, Starcom has come with an idea to provide certificates at a reasonable price. Starcom has divided their certificates into 4 categories: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Extended certificate. Class 1 is available for free but it is not allowed the commercial use. Class 2, Class 3, and Extended certificate can be used for commercial use.

WILD CARD CAPABILITY
Class certificates except class certificate 1 have the capability of a wild card. Moreover, it is available at a reasonable price of $59.90 per year. This price is lower than most of the SSL certification company.

TUTORIALS AVAILABILITY
There are a lot of tutorials available for your guidance. Many examples are presented for using the features available like integrating site seals to your page, seal check and images adding etc. Moreover, there is a huge FAQ section to clear your queries about the service.

CONS
LACK OF TRUST ON STARCOM
We lack trust on Starcom. We are suspicious of liability of Starcom. The liability was only $10,000.

NO DEDICATED CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Starcom lacks full support. Everything including certification is done electronically, which only deepens our suspicion.

AFTER HEARTBLEED EFFECTS
Heartbleed (in 2014) was a serious security bug with open SSL certificates. If you had withdrawn your certificate due to this threat, then Starcom was charging $25 for the issuance of new certificate. This fee was waived for some of its users later but it was not waived for all.

CONCLUSION
We would not recommend Starcom for we do not trust it. $25 fee charge for Heartbleed bug was a major turnoff. Moreover, some certificates were ridiculously cheaper. The free certificate cannot be used for commercial sites. What’s the point of free certificate then? This can be an affordable option but we cannot recommend it for high-end users.

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Technical journalist Stev Ballmer covers the latest technology news and trends, such as security, Apple news and app reviews for multiple publications.

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