Our SSL Brands
SSL is the acronym for Secure Sockets Layer and is the Internet standard security technology used to establish an encrypted (or safe) link between a web server (website) and your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc…). This secured link ensures that the data/information that is passed from your web browser to the web server remain private; meaning safe from hackers or anyone trying to spy/steal that info. SSL is the industry standard and is used by millions of websites to protect and secure any sensitive or private data that is sent through their website. One of the most common things SSL is used for is protecting a customer during an online transaction.
Free SSL versus Paid SSL
As from December 2016, we offer free (as in unpaid) SSL’s to accounts, the most commonly asked question is what is the difference between a paid and unpaid certificate? The free unpaid certificates we provide are cPanel certificates signed by Sectigo; these are DV (domain validated). You can’t move this certificate with your account to a new server, also it has not a warranty from the SSL authority; other as that the SSL will work the same and encrypt the communication between visitor and server. So if you need more control over your SSL you can still buy your own DV with the SSL authorities; or if you need Organisation Validated, Extended Validated or Wildcard Certificates you can order them through here as well.
Facts are facts. Today, Symantec is the #1 most recognized and trusted brand in the SSL industry. There’s simply no alternative that offers what Symantec does. Since 1991 Symantec has powered the world-renowned anti-virus brand, Norton, and in 2010 they acquired VeriSign, the global leader in SSL… now combined you get unsurpassed encryption, trust and brand recognition included with all of Symantec’s Website Security Solutions.
RapidSSL is on a mission to help you secure your domain with SSL as fast as possible. We’ve streamlined and automated every part of the enrollment and authentication processes. RapidSSL issues approved SSL certificates within minutes of enrollment, helping you develop and launch a secure site quickly.
Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) is Creating Trust Online® because none of us can realize the full potential of the Internet unless it’s a trusted place to interact and conduct business. Sectigo’s team of over 600 people has a passion for meeting these challenges head-on – Creating Trust Online® for individuals, e-merchants, small to medium businesses and large enterprise organisations.
GeoTrust is the world’s second largest digital certificate provider. More than 100,000 customers in over 150 countries trust GeoTrust to secure online transactions and conduct business over the Internet. Our range of digital certificate and trust products enable organizations of all sizes to maximize the security of their digital transactions cost-effectively.
Adopt the advantage that a world renowned reputation for website security will provide. Thawte has been building an unrivaled reputation of trust and reliability for over 17 years by being the first Certificate Authority to sell SSL certificates internationally and by remaining exclusively-focused on digital certificates to continue helping businesses gain an edge in consumer confidence.
Different types of SSL certificates explained
Domain Validated (DV)
A Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificate is a quick and easy way to secure a domain, as the Certificate Authority (CA) issuing the certificate only requires verification that the recipient actually owns the domain they wish to cover. This verification process can typically be completed in a matter of minutes. However, these certificates offer little in the way of SSL recognition, so they are recommended for websites where visitor trust is not of high importance and information like usernames, passwords, or credit card information is not required.
Organization Validated (OV)
An Organization Validated (OV) SSL certificate requires that a business complete a light vetting process by the Certificate Authority before being issued. These certificates are a nice middle-ground between DV and EV certificates, as they aren’t as expensive as EV options but still offer more SSL and trust indications than basic DV options. These certificates typically take between 2-3 days to be issued.
Extended Validated (EV)
EV stands for Extended Validation and is the most premium type of SSL certificate available. These certificates are identified on websites mainly by the green address bar, the most universally recognized symbol of trust on the web. EV certificates are becoming more and more commonplace in the industry, especially amongst ecommerce sites, as they are used by some of the most trusted sites in the world like Bank of America, Twitter, Paypal, and more. These certificates require that a company complete a thorough vetting process before being issued.
Wildcard SSL Certificates
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.).
WWW and non-WWW certificates
GeoTrust, RapidSSL and Sectigo (previous comodo CA) 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.
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