What is a SSL Certificate and What Its Usage ?
A SSL – or Secure Sockets Layer – certificate is a web security protocol which is necessary to protect the sensitive data of viewers of your website and your customers against fraud and identity theft. SSLs guard data by providing encryption (scrambling of data to prevent tampering during transmission) and validation (verification of the business behind the website) and come in different levels of security.
Online payments is often a matter of anxiety for customers. Studies show that clients abandon their shopping carts if they feel that a site is not safe, despite of its actual security level. And the solution are SSL certificates which solve this problem.
There are Different types of SSL:
What is Domain Validation SSL Certificate:
Domain Validated SSL Certificates are no-frills, encryption-only certificates. In order to get a Domain Validated SSL Certificate you just have to prove that you own the domain by responding to an email or phone call using the information in the WHOIS record of the domain. It’s easy. Your company doesn’t have to be validated and no organization name is entered in the certificate. This is good and bad news.
Advantages of Domain Validated SSL Certificates
- Speed. You can usually get a fully-functioning certificate within minutes. No need to send in company validation documents.
- Price. Because the process is automated and requires no validation from the certificate authority, these are the cheapest SSL certificates available.
Disadvantages of Domain Validated Certificates
- Low assurance. Because your company is not validated, these certificates don’t help your visitors know who is running your site. If you have an e-commerce site, your potential buyers may be scared off.
- Less secure. The certificates themselves still enable full, 128-bit encryption but there are other security problems. For one, any phisher can get one and can hide their identity completely. Second, they make man-in-the-middle attacks more dangerous. If an an attacker was able to do some DNS poisoning, he could get a Domain Validated SSL Certificate for your domain and redirect visitors to a fake site that allows him to collect visitor information.
So when should you use Domain Validated SSL Certificates? They work well in situations where you don’t need to assure your visitors or where there is little chance of a man-in-the-middle attack such as on an internal server , on a mail server or on your personal website.
What is Organization or Business Validation SSL Certificate:
This SSL type validates Business/Organization/Company by providing the paper work of your company to the issuer company. Nowadays,Business/Organization SSL certificates become more and more popular on the market, since end-users can verify business name, an address of a company and phone number of the website they are visiting. That boost conversions and increase sales. Domain validation SSL certificates check domain ownership only, but anyone can be the owner and put any company in contacts. Business SSL verifies all that information and makes it safe to use.
What is Extended Validation SSL Certificate :
The most amazing feature is Green Address Bar with verified company name coming with every Extended Validation certificate. An extended validation SSL certificate requires a longer checking process comparing to Domain and Business validation certs, but it worths it, as you will get the highest possible trust level from all visitors and customers. All EV certs come with Dynamic Site Seal logo for instant positive attention and up to $1,750,00 warranty level. Certificates we provide issued by most trusted vendors globally as we do care about the quality.
What is Wildcard SSL Certificate :
Wildcard SSL Certificates secures your domain (Domain.com) and all its sub-domains (*.Domain.com). Wildcard SSL certificates become more popular today as they have strong reputation of a great cost-savers since can protect unlimited sub-domains within same domain instead of purchasing multiple single domain certs. Most Wildcard certificates support unlimited server licensing and allowing installation to as many servers/devices as you want in versatile combination of sub-domains. Unlimited free reissues comes with every purchase.
What is Multi-Domain (SAN/UCC) SSL Certificate :
Multi-Domain SSL certificates, also known as Unified Communication Certificates (UCC) or Subject Alternative Name (SAN) primarily developed to secure all your domains/sub-domains with just one SSL certificates. That makes management easy and quick since you have same CSR/Key and install SSL once.
UCC/SAN certs are completely compatible with Microsoft Office Communication Server and MS Exchange products. Take a look at our ultra featured Comodo Multi-domain Wildcard SSL for up to 250 domains with unlimited sub-domains.
What is Code Signing SSL Certificate :
Code Signing SSL certificates allow publishers to sign their files with own signature to proof their identity. That solution boosts sales and trust to your brand and increases the installations. Windows or Anti-Virus software will not show messages with warning during installation.
What is E-Mail and Documents Signing SSL Certificate :
Personal authentification SSL certificates allow to sign and encrypt electronic communication on the web like files and emails. The essential public key used to make sure all sensitive data received and transmitted is authentic, that means, none intercepted or read documents within the transmission. Now you can rely on the Internet to collect and send private information.