StartCom’s free SSL certificates

I’ve been wondering what the downsides are with StartCom’s free SSL certificates.

At the moment those seem to be:

  • You can only renew them for 1 year – could be tedious if you
    have lots of them.
  • Windows XP users need to have installed at least Service Pack 2
    to have the CA.
    Apparently non-updated Windows XP works now! Just in time for its EOL.
  • Blackberry and other RIM devices have no support. @startssl
    : “Correct RIM has no support so far (we understand that they
    are working on it though).”
  • Reports of no support in an iPod Touch running iOS 3.x.

Useful SSL checkers: