Domain Validated (DV) certificates are a fast and simple way to secure your website with industry-standard up to 256-bit encryption. The process of obtaining one of these SSL certificates couldn't be easier and is usually handled with just a standard email. A file-based authentication method can also be used and is recommended if you have direct access to the server that hosts your domain name. In order to receive a DV certificate from one of our trusted Certification Authorities (CAs), all you have to do is prove that you own the domain that you wish to protect. Since no extensive validation process is required, DV certificates are the most affordable type of SSL on the planet.
Organization Validated certificates, or OV certificates, are a type of SSL technology that offers up to 256-bit encryption to websites of businesses and other registered organizations. The difference between OV certificates and domain validated (DV) certificates is that a little extra vetting is required to confirm that you not only own your domain but that your organization is also legit. But don't fret! So long as your business is registered, the validation process isn't a problem. In most cases, it only takes a couple of days and you'll be all set.
Extended Validation SSL certificates are the gold standard. They encrypt your website, and also have a variety of extra premium features that have proven to boost trust & clearly demonstrate that you are, in fact, someone safe to do business with. They enable the green address bar! Granted, the only thing green about the EV address bar nowadays is the font. But the name just kind of stuck. Not just anyone can obtain an EV SSL certificate, which activates this globally trusted & recognized green bar. Before issuing your EV SSL certificate, your Certificate Authority (CA) has to first complete a thorough validation process to verify & ensure that you're actually a legitimate business.
Multi-Domain and Unified Communications Certificates (UCC) protect all sorts of different fully qualified domain names (FQDNs): public ID addresses, private host names, IP addresses and other subject alternative names (SANs) with one simple solution. Rather than buying an individual SSL certificate for each and every domain you control, this SSL is a cost-effective alternative that simplifies the validation process, saves you money, and offers the encryption you require.
If you have a website that has multiple sub domains, you're going to love wildcard SSL certificates. Rather than having to purchase an SSL certificate for each and every sub domain, you can actually protect them all with just one wildcard SSL certificate. This can lead to some major savings and make managing your SSL portfolio a breeze.
There's nothing a Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificate can't secure. For any company or organization with a complicated public-facing web infrastructure, a Multi-Domain Wildcard is the perfect security solution. Depending on CA, you can secure up to 25, 100 or 250 different domains or IPs and all accompanying sub-domains. Nothing saves you more time, money and effort than securing your entire web presence with a single SSL certificate.
Code signing certificates are a useful tool that can be used to protect your code, content, and other files when transmitted online. Understandably, people are leery of downloading any applications that they can't trust onto their computers, which is why code signing certificates are so valuable. By signing your file extension with this encryption technology, a third party Certification Authority (CA) will confirm you as the author of the file and the certificate will automatically alert the user if any changes are made to the code. That way you don't have to worry that someone has altered your work without your knowledge.
Today more than ever, people rely on the Internet to send and receive personal information. Mortgages are signed. Bank accounts are opened. Applications for employment with social security numbers are submitted. The list goes on and on. And the only way that this is accepted is because of truly advanced encryption technology like you find in email and document signing certificates. With this tool at your disposal, you can send and receive sensitive information without worrying about the true identity of the sender or the data being compromised.
SSL, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer, is a cyber-security protocol that digitally encrypts information sent from a browser to a server. SSL certificates are used to protect sensitive information like credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, email addresses, and more. A website with an SSL certificate is identified using a number of trust indicators, like “https” and the padlock icon in the browser bar, a site seal from a reputable Certificate Authority (CA), and a green bar that wraps around the URL on more premium certificates.
The only way to get the green address bar on your website is with an Extended Validation (EV) certificate. These are the only type of SSL certificate that come with the green address bar.
The main criteria for qualifier for an EV certificate would be that your business is an official company registered with a government authority. Also, if you’re a Sole Proprietor or a Partnership registered in the U.K., you cannot qualify for any EV SSL certificate.
GeoTrust and RapidSSL both offer coverage for www and non-www. As long as the certificate is generated with www as the common name, the non-www version will automatically be covered. This is not the case, however, for Symantec and Thawte certificates. You will to purchase separate certificates to cover both the www and non-www common name for either of those brands. Comodo certificates also automatically cover www and non-www.
Wildcard SSL certificates can cover one main domain name (www.domain.com) and an unlimited amount of subdomains (mail.domain.com, login.domain.com, test.domain.com, etc.).
Multi-domain or SAN (Secure Alternate Name) SSL certificates can cover multiple domain names on just one certificate. For example, Symantec and Thawte multi-domain certificates can cover up to 250 domains. GeoTrust multi-domain certificates can cover anywhere from 25 to 250 domains, depending on the type of certificate you order.
Wildcard SSL certificates can cover one main domain (www.domain.com) and an unlimited amount of subdomains (mail.domain.com, login.domain.com, test.domain.com, etc.). Multi-domain (SAN) SSL certificates can cover multiple domains on just one certificate. For example, Symantec and Thawte multi-domain certificates can cover up to 250 domains. GeoTrust multi-domain certificates can cover anywhere from 25 to 250 domains, depending on the type of certificate you order.
256-bit encryption is a server configuration. This has nothing to do with the certificate itself, it is based on your server configuration. To learn this, you should seek information provided by your webhosting platform or operating system. They will inform you how to set this encryption strength up.