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Domain Products

What's the difference between Starfield and Thawte?

Starfield and Thawte are both Certificate Authorities (CA). This means they can both issue certificates, and are trusted by all major internet browsers.

The only difference between the two is the brand. As with all products, a brand can carry trust and weighting, as well as preference. Most business customers purchase Thawte certificates over Starfield as Thawte are a major player in the SSL Certificate market.

Essentially, both brands perform the same job, and most users won't know the difference as they won't even look at the SSL Certificate. The padlock icon is a good enough indication that your site is secure.

SSL Certificate Comparison

  • Standard SSL
  • Premium SSL
  • Issue time
  • Same day
  • Upto 7 days
  • Padlock Icon
  • https:// prefix
  • Trusted green address bar¹
  • Company validated
  • Domain ownership validated
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Unlimited re-issues
  • 99.9% browser recognition
  • Warranty²
  • £5,000 /yr
  • £125,000 /yr

View our SSL Certificate overview.

The Small Print

¹ The green address bar is dependent on browser and browser version. Some browsers display a green shaded area at the side of the address bar instead of shading the entire bar.

² Our warranty program provides up to £125,000 (based on certificate selected) of financial protection for your customers if they were to suffer financial loss as a direct result of relying on a certificate that was issued through our negligence.