Using the web is like playing a game of Russian roulette these days — both require luck. When a dangerous link slips through security, most users must rely on their intuition when it comes to trusting the website on the other end. And they must rely on luck to get it right. Over 90% of …
@cybergibbons@vtlynch I just realized that you're referring to Dave's post and not my thesis. I'll allow Dave to respond to most, if not all of your comments. I'll comment where I feel appropriate.
The TL;DR of this article is that you should have to pay for certificates and pay a lot for extended validation certificates because if everyone has a certificate the differentiation for trusted websites is diminished.
Its unsurprising that this is from an association of Certificate Authorities.