Ditto, coming from someone who started my IT career when the submitter started elementary school.
As for Security+ certification, I have turned down many a contracts as an application developer with the DoD because the job description called for one where it had no relevance to the actual position. Just a check box on the job posting.
So the question you have to answer I think would be "Will the certification help or hinder your endeavor?". My opinion is that for a programmer, no (unless the application being developed is a network security application or a sysadmin tool(s) specifically meant to administer security).