FreeSSL.com announces the only
completely free alternative to un-trusted "self signed" SSL certificates
FREE 1 year fully functional, trusted
SSL available immediately, night or day
Denver, CO April 2003. FreeSSL.com,
the SSL certificate security specialist, has today announced that they
have experienced a staggering growth in the first quarter of 2003, for
customers using its FreeSSL brand of trusted SSL certificate. Since
launching in 2001, FreeSSL.com has experienced great success in
providing the small to medium size business (SMB) market with the
lowest cost SSL certificates available.
Paul Tourret, Vice President of Sales
for FreeSSL.com, stated "We are now issuing well in excess of 1000
FreeSSL certificates per week to entry level SMB customers and seeing
double digit growth rates month on month for the highly trusted
FreeSSL.com originally launched with
its FreeSSL Certificate brand and it became an instant hit within the
SSL marketplace. The FreeSSL brand uniquely enabled businesses to
obtain 1 year fully functional and trusted SSL certificates suitable
for the testing and development of online operations and e-commerce
systems. The success of FreeSSL has grown over the years, predominantly
due to it remaining the only completely free alternative to un-trusted
"self signed" certificates. FreeSSL.com owns the root used to issue the
certificates and hence makes installation very straightforward.
Previously, in order for developers
and webmasters to test and develop SSL based systems, they would either
be required to purchase a certificate specifically for their test
environment or more commonly to use specialist software to create a
self-signed certificate. As self signed certificates are not trusted by
browsers and webservers, they would traditionally be forced to
distribute the self signed root in order to avoid browser warning
With the introduction of FreeSSL
certificates, developers and webmasters have been able to utilise the
92 percent browser ubiquity FreeSSL offers instead of being forced to
use self signed certificates, and hence they can now avoid the extra
efforts and resources required to generate and distribute such
Indpendent industry statistics which
can be readily seen on the likes of www.securityspace.com reveal that
the number of "self signed" certificates issued, caters for nearly 7
percent of the market. Only the big 2 CAs, namely GeoTrust and Verisign
can boast greater certificate market shares! Clearly the FreeSSL brand
from FreeSSL.com can address the webserver and e-commerce system
developer and tester market by providing a trusted certificate with 92
percent browser recognition, substituting the need to use un-trusted
self-signed certificates that would otherwise have to be generated by
open-source or webserver software.
Another key stumbling block for
developers has been the issue of obtaining SSL certificates quickly.
FreeSSL.com has solved this issue for
the Developer community through its 2nd Generation automated issuance
process allowing immediate access to the FreeSSL certificates.
FreeSSL.com utilises a fully automated validation process, which
conducts a dual online and offline verification of the SSL application.
Customers have to initially provide their CSR and admin details, before
being taken through a real time two factor authentication procedure
using telephony validation in combination with email and domain name
control challenges. The process is simple, yet highly effective."
Tourret commented "The process has
been an exceptionally well received system for obtaining SSL
certificates suitable for both development and commercial requirements,
immediately, night or day." Tourret added "it has been a breath of
fresh air to see how much our customers actually enjoy the application
process and how delighted they are in receiving their certificate
Steve Waite, Vice President of
Marketing for FreeSSL.com comments, "Whilst the automated system is
leading edge Internet technology, the most important factor is that
customers actually get their validated SSL certificates immediately.
This removes the extreme pain normally associated with obtaining SSL
certificates from other organisations that simply cannot match the
FreeSSL.com speed of issuance".
It's 3am and your boss needs the
secure site to go live before the morning…
It's Sunday afternoon and all the CAs are not answering the phone, but
you need to get a secure site live in the next hour...
It's midnight and your current SSL Certificate has just expired - you
are losing customers by the minute...
These are real scenarios that the SMB
face everyday. Developers have a choice to take the gamble on so called
"instant" or "speedy" services that rarely deliver SSL in under 2
working days, or choose FreeSSL.com and obtain SSL certificates
immediately from a fully qualified, regulated and approved
Tourret comments "SSL buyers are
welcome to obtain a FREE FreeSSL certificate for their website prior to
purchasing a commercial grade product, that way people can experience
first hand the seamless issuance process from FreeSSL.com. I strongly
advise buyers read the many caveats that other SSL providers add to
their supposed prompt SSL delivery services before purchasing and hence
avoid missing crucial deadlines".
The ChainedSSL brand provides the
perfect upgrade path to the FreeSSL certificates and has been
exceptionally well received by customers, resellers, ISPs and web
hosting companies. Customers can migrate readily from FreeSSL to
ChainedSSL when their webservers and e-commerce applications are ready
for commercialization. By combining essential factors such as being
issued by a WebTrust audited CA, industry standard 128 / 256 bit
encryption, automated validation, 24/7/365 around the clock fast
immediate issuance, full customer support, high browser ubiquity and
the lowest prices available, ChainedSSL occupies a unique position in
the SSL providers market.
It has been commented by industry
analysts that the entry of chained root brands such as ChainedSSL has
intensified competition and enlivened the security industry.
"ChainedSSL has established significant market share within the first
few months of launching." continues Tourret, "The recent investments in
infrastructure and people will now allow us to grow significantly over
the coming months. With a combination of our FreeSSL and ChainedSSL
brands we are confident that we will offer the best deal on SSL
possible - a position obtained through the delivery of exceptional
customer service and the lowest priced SSL certificates for the SMB
FreeSSL.com (www.freessl.com) is an Internet security specialist,
focussed on providing small/medium businesses (SMB) with strong 128 /
256 bit encryption, industry standard SSL certificates. FreeSSL.com is
dedicated to being the lowest cost provider of SSL to the SMB
marketplace and offers the FreeSSL and ChainedSSL certificate brands.
FreeSSL certificates remove the barrier of entry for companies wanting
to test or develop their webservers or e-commerce systems by providing
the only available source for FREE, one-year valid SSL certificates.
ChainedSSL certificates provide the lowest cost, highly trusted chained
root SSL security available for SMB websites and are ideal for low
transaction value and low volume e-commerce requirements.
certificates utilise a fully automated 2nd Generation validation and
issuance platform allowing customers to uniquely obtain certificates
24/7/365 immediately. FreeSSL.com provides industry leading customer
care available by telephone, email and web. FreeSSL.com can be
contacted at www.freessl.com and by telephone at US 866-795-4669 or
Europe +44 203 0240906.