Originally Posted by nixtree
In core, Both Free / Self Signed SSL and Paid SSL all do the same Job. But it is the perception that matters. Any thing we get for free will be having that much value " after all it is free " attitude. That makes the difference and the badges and additional Validation feature is good for paid ssl as any one who has the control of domain or server can setup SSL with free one.
But with Paid you really need to pay and validate. So It adds some more authenticity in the minds of the laymen.
so if you come across a website selling adidas branded trainers for $5 then you would buy them as the site has the padlock (SSL cert).
Validations is in place for a reason to provide assurance the website is genuine as those setting up sites to sell fake goods will not pay for SSL Certs