Comodo is an online company that strives to create customer trust on the Internet. Their mission is utilized in the “Creating Trust” marketplace. Comodo has a team of over 600 people that has a passion for meeting challenges online with trust--for example, their software is designed to prevent malware, Trojans, worms, and more. The SSL certificates that they offer include asymmetrical and symmetrical encryption.

Comodo was founded as a Certificate Authority selling Comodo SSL and digital certificates. Its primary source of revenue comes from related products to business and enterprises. Related E-Commerce products include PCI Compliance Scanning and Web Site Vulnerability Scanning. The company was founded in 1998 in the UK, but also has several locations within the United States.

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The Good

  • Features
  • Logo program
  • Wildcard certificates
  • Daily scans
  • PCI compliance
  • Money back guarantee

We ultimately wanted to see if Comodo was "true to its word" when we started reviewing their SSL certificates. We found that they offer one of the most robust SSL certificates in the industry. Here are the primary features we found with Comodo:

  • Fast issuance and validation once it is integrated into your server.
  • 2048 signatures and 256-bit encryption.
  • Works on over 99.9% of browsers.
  • World-class, industry-leading support.
  • Unlimited number of server licenses.
  • TrustLogo that helps your business e-commerce increase conversion.
  • Liability for up to $1,750,000 (fo EV SSL).

We also were impressed by the TrustLogo program that Comodo uses. We appreciated the fact that this TrustLogo is a tool that is designed to help you increase your web conversions. If a customer sees the TrustLogo on your website, they feel safer using their credit card to purchase goods and services from your company.

One of the immediate features that we noticed with Comodo was that they have a wildcard SSL certificate. Does your business website use several subdomains? Comodo offers a pretty affordable wildcard certificate for your website AND each subdomain that you wish to add.

Another feature that we looked for with Comodo and liked was daily scans of your website. This service scans your website every day and determines its vulnerability. For every year subscription you purchase on your website, you are able to secure this service for free.

We were also looking for the best PCI compliance with Comodo. We found that Comodo scans your website quarterly to make sure that your website is payment card compliant. This is a great feature for continuing to make sure that your payment card site is up to date and secure for e-commerce.

Comodo also gives its customers the option to try its various certificates for 30 days. If you are not happy with your Comodo SSL or wildcard SSL certificates, you can get your money back with no questions asked.

The Bad

  • Warranty liability
  • Resellers
  • Licenses

We had a hard time finding "negatives" per say about Comodo. For example, their services are pretty standard in the SSL industry. We also noticed that the company had different "tiers" of SSL-certificate services.

One of the things that concerned us was the range of warranty liability guaranteed with each individual product. Large businesses might not get the full benefit of a warranty with the wildcard and standard SSL certificates. The EV SSL offers up to $1,750,000 worth of liability, but is a little bit more expensive. The regular SSL and wildcard certificates only have $250,000 worth of included liability for a business's e-commerce website.

We saw that there are also Comodo resellers out there. This is something that caused us some concern. In this industry, we think that it is a best practice to purchase a "fresh" certificate to supplement your website product lines, giving customers the best line of security possible.

We did have some concerns with how Comodo licenses are issued and revoked. Many of the industry hacking experiences out there have been the result of poor issuing and revoking procedures by the Comodo certification authority.

The Bottom Line

We ultimately recommend Comodo as a seller of SSL and wildcard SSL certificates. One of the things that we would like to see improved is a higher liability limit with the different licenses. We saw that the EV brand of SSL certificate came with up to $1,750,000 worth of liability. However, the other brands of certificates only came with up to $250,000 worth of liability. Ultimately, we would like to see better liability options with Comodo.

We also liked the different annual subscription options. With Comodo, you generally save about 23% if you purchase a certificate with more than just one year of subscriptions.

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