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Lots of SSL seem to come with a warranty:

Extended Validation, Green Address Bar
40-bit minimum to 256-bit encryption
USD $100,000 warranty
VeriSign Trust™ Seal and services 

Has anyone in history ever managed to claim on the warranty? Are they just a gimmick? Should it affect my purchasing choice?

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I hate the way SSL certificate products have become bloated with this kind of junk. –  UpTheCreek Mar 10 '11 at 15:01
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I'm pretty sure the SSL warranty is for the end user and that if the SSL issuer issued the cert to a fraudulent site that stole the end users money or identity they would pay out.

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Not according to the Verisign site. –  UpTheCreek Mar 11 '11 at 5:42
    
So the fraud site would have to request the same cert from your issuer and then take customers money (which they could make a chargeback through VISA/Mastercard for anyway). Seems meaningless to me. –  Simon Sep 28 '12 at 0:45
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From the Verisign website, which calls the warranty "Netsure":

NetSure® protects certificate holders against certain losses resulting from breach by VeriSign of the warranties included in your VeriSign SSL Certificate.

Who knows what that really means.

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