SSL Certificates

SSL Certificates


What is SSL?

SSL, which stands for Secure Socket Layer, is the internet’s industry standard for security. Millions of websites use SSL to protect and secure sensitive or private data.  It is most commonly used for protecting a customer during an online transaction.

SSL is a security technology that establishes an encrypted (or safe) link between a web server (website) and your browser (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.). This “secured link” ensures that any information or data passed from your web browser to the web server is kept private and safe from hackers or anyone else who may be trying to spy on/steal that info.

Why Do I Need an SSL Certificate?

Google Chrome Now WARNS Your Visitors

Since July 2018, the Google Chrome browser has been marking all http:// websites (as opposed to https://) as “Not Secure.” Other browsers are quickly following suit, displaying a warning to the user to let them know that this site is not secured by SSL. The warning advises the user to leave or proceed with extreme caution.

Obviously, this can drive hard-earned visitors away from your website! You might already be losing some of your website’s traffic to this issue.

Solving this problem is as easy as setting up SSL on your website.

Are All SSL Certificates the Same?

Nope – some certificates have more stringent application processes than others.  At the moment, three different types of SSL Certificates have been established:

  • Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates
  • Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates
  • Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates

Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates are issued after a Certification Authority (CA) has checked to make sure that the applicant actually has the right to the specific domain name. No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal.  DV SSL certificates can be issued immediately.

Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates are issued after a Certification Authority (CA) has checked to make sure that the applicant actually has the right to the specific domain name, plus the CA does some vetting (investigation) of the said organization. This additional vetted company info is displayed to customers when the Secure Site Seal is clicked on.  This results in enhanced trust in the website because it displays information about the people who are behind the website.  OV SSL certificates take about 2 days to issue.

Here’s how EV SSL Certificates look in various browsers.

Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates, also known as “green bar” SSL certificates, are issued after a Certification Authority (CA) checks to make sure that the applicant actually has the right to the specific domain name,  plus the CA conducts a very THOROUGH vetting (investigation) of the said organization. The issuance process of EV Certificates is standardized and is strictly outlined in the EV Guidelines, which specify that a CA must complete the following 4 steps before issuing an EV certificate:

  1. Verify the legal, physical & operational existence of the entity
  2. Verify that the identity of the entity matches official records
  3. Verify that the entity has the exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate, and
  4. Verify that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV Certificate

EV SSL certificates take about 10 days to issue.

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