It seems like every place I go, companies are dropping an incredible amount money on an overpriced Verisign certificate which essentially proves nothing. I am not going to tirade on Verisign’s prices, product, or just the general crappy nature of the company… but I will list alternatives:

The current ones I use and it rocks:
For http SSL I use: Start Com
For other services/protocols I tend to use:
CA Cert Org

I don’t think cacert is any better/worse than startcom, I just mostly use cacert for internal stuff out of habit and I generally like the group.

Equally excellent CA’s that are not free: