I've googled this and haven't really been able to find a straight answer and this question which I have read is a bit different and is a bit outdated considering the landscape has changed a lot recently.
What I want to know, is if you aren't planning to get a OV or EV certificate and just need the plain DV type certificate then we have offerings of varying types, such as:
- Free Certificates from places such as Let's Encrypt
- Many hosts are giving away free certificates now with their hosting (not always by Let's Encrypt)
- AutoSSL from cPanel (Free)
- $198 Standard SSL certs from DigiCert
- $59 Standard Certs from RapidSSL
I could go on, but you get the point. Is there any technical difference between these certificates? From what I have read certificates from LE only last 3 months so you will have to renew them quite often - is that about it?
If there is no real difference then why not go with the free ones provided by cPanel? Why would one spend $198/year when they can get it for free?
The only other non-technical difference I can think of is that if you pay for one then you get the included insurance.
Are browsers more likely to have the ones you pay for in their CA trust store and free ones should be avoided because of this?
So I think I understand the non-technical differences, but am looking for an answer on if paying for one is going to be technically or a more "safer" option?