I don’t know how much I pay in Ignorance Fees every year. Hundreds, for sure. Maybe thousands. In some cases I can get a precise number. $29.99 plus tax. The government taxes ignorance.
Last year, I paid to add SSL protection to my blog (the little padlock icon by the URL), to secure subscribers’ email addresses. I knew that I could get it free, but didn’t want to take the time to figure out how.
So this year, I planned to learn and let the SSL certificate expire. It started throwng warnings into visitor’s browsers. Remove it? Yes, but how?
I opened a chat with Hostpapa support. Great. They’ll remove the expired certificate. Oh, would I like to have SSL for free?
Well, duh. Why was I paying for it?