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What is a Multi-Domain Wildcard Certificate?

SSL certificates are in high demand right now. Since Chrome and other popular browsers began flagging HTTP websites as Not Secure, installing an SSL certificate has become all but mandatory. From small blogs to massive e-commerce sites, everyone is switching to HTTPS to protect sensitive data in transit. With so many different websites to encrypt, [...]

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is OCSP Stapling and How to Use It?

SSL certificates can flawlessly secure sensitive data and provide bulletproof encryption to your online customers. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong with a certificate, it leads to big trouble. Browsers flag your website as Not Secure, you lose visitors, and to make things worse, cyber-thieves can use MITIM attacks to steal personal information. A valid SSL [...]

Thursday, August 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is new in TLS 1.3? A quick overview

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is the cryptographic protocol that provides communication security to all modern websites. First released in 1999 as an upgrade to now-deprecated SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0 evolved into TLS 1.1 and then, in 2008, into the current TLS 1.2 version. While TLS 1.2 has been an enormous success over the last ten years, [...]

Friday, August 9th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is OpenSSL and how it works?

SSL certificates are high demand now. The encryption landscape has changed dramatically since Google launched the “HTTPS Everywhere” campaign. First, they gave an SEO boost as an incentive to install digital certificates, and later, Chrome made HTTPS all but mandatory for everyone. If you don’t use an SSL certificate, popular browsers such as Chrome and [...]

Monday, August 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What Are the Best SSL Management Practices in 2019?

SSL certificates have become an essential security element of any website. Long gone are the days when only e-commerce stores and financial institutions were using them. Today, even a basic website requires a digital certificate so it can work properly and do well in a competitive niche.  According to Google, more than 80% of the [...]

Sunday, July 28th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is the Difference Between Root Certificates and Intermediate Certificates?

At first glance, an SSL certificate seems straightforward. You install it on your server to secure your visitors’ sensitive data, and it works flawlessly until expiration. Most of the web owners rarely delve deeper into SSL/TLS technical aspects. They let professionals handle the certificate configuration and renewal. Many won't ever care about the difference between [...]

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What happens when an SSL certificate expires?

In the grand scheme of things, SSL certificates have a relatively short lifespan. They can protect your website for up to two years before expiring. The imperative thing is to not miss the expiration deadline. If you don’t renew your certificate on time, prepare for the worst – the dreaded security warning message on your [...]

Monday, July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

Multi-Domain vs. Wildcard SSL certificates- What is the difference?

Among all types of SSL certificates, Multi-Domain and Wildcard ones generate the most questions from the new users. While regular SSL certs secure just the main domain and are pretty easy to understand, Multi-Domain and Wildcard products are in a different class: more powerful, more flexible, and more expensive than their single-domain counterparts. Because both [...]

Thursday, July 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is the best SSL Certificate for WordPress?

After Chrome and other browsers began flagging HTTP websites as “Not Secure”, the number of HTTPS websites has dramatically increased. And, with WordPress being by far the most popular CMS with 60% market share, it’s currently witnessing a massive HTTPS migration. If you still haven’t encrypted your WP site, or you’re launching a brand new [...]

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What Are the Best SSL Certificates to Secure Emails and Documents?

Your email is a sacred place. Whether personal or business, it oversees and stores the most intimate conversations, confidential correspondence, private documents and favorite newsletters. Unfortunately, many users don’t pay much attention to e-mail security and don't use SSL Certificates to secure emails and documents. Cyber threats riddle the online world, email accounts being the prime [...]

Friday, August 17th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What are CodeSigning Certificates and how do they work?

The CodeSigning certificates increase the trustworthiness of your software products. This type of certificate protects your digital downloadable goods, like scripts or codes, by signing them and guaranteeing their authenticity and integrity. This certification brings a greater level of your customers’ trust, by ensuring them that your content is safe and it belongs to your company. [...]

Friday, July 13th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

Whate are UCC/SAN SSL Certificates and how do they work?

The Subject Alternative Name (SAN) SSL certificate, also called the Unified Communication Certificates (UCC), the Multi-Domain SSL certificate or simply UCC/SAN SSL Certificates were particularly developed to secure multiple domains and sometimes subdomains by owning one single SSL certificate. This type of certificates ensure the security for both, your internal and external domains/subdomains and are fully compatible [...]

Thursday, July 5th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

What are Extended Validation SSL Certificates and how do they work?

The Extended Validation SSL Certificates are the best choice if you want to build customer relationships based on security and trust. This certificate is issued only after the Certificate Authority (CA) performed an extensive verification of your company and its owner, confirming that your business is trustworthy. The validation process can take up to 10 business [...]

Friday, June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

Wildcard SSL Certificate – The Ideal Solution to Secure Subdomains

The Wildcard SSL certificate was specifically designed for ensuring the security of your main domain, along with its multiple subdomains. For instance, if your site’s domain is ssldragon.com, then the Wildcard certificate for “*.ssldragon.com” will secure an unlimited number of your first-level subdomains like mail.ssldragon.com, account.ssldragon.com or login.ssldragon.com. By buying this SSL certificate, you don’t [...]

Friday, June 15th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

Thawte SSL Certificates – Get the Highest Level of Security

Thawte is a truly international Certificate Authority. It has 20-year experience of issuing over 945 thousand SSL certificates in more than 190 countries. After VeriSign’s acquisition of this company in 2000, Thawte is now a subsidiary of the most popular digital certification provider, Symantec. Thawte has a worldwide recognition as the first certificate issuer that [...]

Thursday, June 7th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

What are Business Validation SSL Certificates?

The Business Validation (BV), also called Organization Validation (OV), SSL certificate is recommended if you have an e-commerce website that is a registered business. Besides the domain validation performed through e-mail, you will have to provide company documentation to receive business authentication. During this authentication process, the Certificate Authority (CA) will verify if your business [...]

Thursday, May 24th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

What are Domain Validation SSL Certificates?

Domain Validation(DV) SSL certificates are the most affordable choice for increasing the security of your blog, personal or small business website. Since there is no required paperwork, the process of acquiring Domain Validation SSL Certificates is very quick and easy: you will have to prove that you are the domain owner just by responding to an [...]

Friday, May 18th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

GeoTrust SSL Certificates – Secure Your Site with a Top SSL Brand

GeoTrust is the second largest SSL certificate issuer, and it is owned by the most trusted internet security provider, Symantec. The company was acquired in 2006 by VeriSign, which is now a Symantec member since 2010. GeoTrust also owns a subsidiary company, RapidSSL, which is specialized in fast and simple website authentication. More than 100,000 [...]

Friday, May 4th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

Symantec SSL Certificates – The Most Complete SSL Solution

You will easily recognize Symantec’s logo, so as it is the most popular Internet security mark. The Symantec – VeriSign seal has over 500 million views/per day on websites registered in more than 170 countries. For over 15 years, since Symantec acquired the VeriSign Certificate Authority, their SSL certificate has remained a notorious and authentic sign [...]

Saturday, March 24th, 2018|Categories: Knowledgebase|

How to Move a PrestaShop Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

PrestaShop is a popular, open source e-commerce platform empowering small, medium and large online stores. It’s packed with hundreds of free features such as a website builder, store templates, and payment modules. More than 270,000 e-commerce vendors use PrestaShop to sell their products online. By being open source, PrestaShop benefits from superior security, transparency, and [...]

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

Who Regulates Certificate Authorities?

A Certificate Authority (CA) is an entity that is trusted to sign a digital certificate. At SSL Dragon we always recommend to buy an SSL Certificate from a reputable CA because it adheres to the highest encryption standards and security protocols. But if they are responsible for verification, approval, and revocation of SSL Certificates, who regulates Certificate [...]

Monday, February 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

How to Move a Magento Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Magento is a leading eCommerce platform, and CMS software built on open source technology. It empowers over 200,000 online retailers to date and is growing by the year. One of every four online businesses uses Magento to sell products and services through the internet. As powerful as it is, Magento alone can’t fully optimize your [...]

Friday, November 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

How to Move a Joomla Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Joomla is an open source, award-winning content management system used all over the world to power personal blogs, e-commerce platforms, government websites, and any other kind of web projects. Joomla’s highly flexible core framework helps novice users to easily set up and manage their sites. It also allows experienced developers to create sophisticated systems, and [...]

Sunday, November 12th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

How to Move a Drupal Site from HTTP to HTTPS?

Drupal is one of the most powerful content management systems available today. Used by millions of websites, both large and small, this open source platform is highly scalable and lightning fast. If your website runs on Drupal, you’re in very good company. The White House, Australian Government, The Weather Channel, and NBC, are just a [...]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What Are the Most Common SSL Connection Errors and How to Fix Them?

The dreaded SSL connection errors may appear out of nowhere or may be the consequence of lousy SSL implementations. One thing is for sure, you don’t want your visitors to read alarming messages when loading your website. Browser notifications such as “Your connection is not private”, “The site’s security certificate is not trusted”, or “Secure connection [...]

Monday, September 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

How to Move a WordPress Site from HTTP to HTTPS

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world. It powers around 25% of all websites on the Internet today. Whether you’re a novice user or an experienced administrator, learning how to move a WordPress site from HTTP to HTTPS should be one of your top priorities. Gone are the days when [...]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

10-Point SEO Checklist for a Successful HTTPS Migration

On August 6, 2014, Google added HTTPS to its list of important ranking signals. Since then, many website owners are switching their websites from HTTP to HTTPS. Among them are not only e-commerce stores and financial organizations, but also regular bloggers, portfolio websites and small businesses. Everyone online is looking for a traffic boost, and the [...]

Thursday, June 15th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

RapidSSL Certificates – Get Them Within Minutes

As their name says, RapidSSL Certificates offer you a quick and easy website authentication process. Even though their certificate is issued in a couple of minutes, it has strong data SSL encryption up to 256-bit. This ensures the ultimate secure connection between your clients and your website’s server. RapidSSL is a subsidiary company of GeoTrust, [...]

Friday, May 12th, 2017|Categories: Knowledgebase|

Comodo SSL Certificates – Incredibly Cheap but Highly Flexible

Comodo is a leading SSL Certificate Authority among business and personal website owners. With more than 36% share of the SSL certificate market, it offers digital security services for over 3 million customers. The company was the first Certificate Authority to release the Extended Validation (EV) certificate. The Comodo SSL certificate guarantees the connection encryption between [...]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Knowledgebase|

What is the SSL Strip and How You Can Prevent It

Since their introduction to the commercial market, SSL Certificates have gone through major security updates, and now boast an almost unbreakable level of encryption. However, the continuous SSL improvements, haven’t discouraged cynical attackers to come up with creative ways to try and steal the encrypted data. Although we’ve already written about the notorious man-in-the-middle-attacks, and [...]

Saturday, July 9th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is The Difference Between Positive SSL Wildcard and Essential SSL Wildcard?

When browsing through a list of SSL products, the vast number of certificates may confuse you, especially if various SSL types fall under the same brand. An eloquent example of users’ struggles to distinguish one certificate from another is Positive SSL Wildcard and Essential SSL Wildcard certificates. Positive SSL The similarities between them have left [...]

Sunday, June 26th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|

What is SSL Certificate warranty and how does it work?

When you’re shopping for an SSL Certificate, your primary concerns are usually the price, validation type, issue time and browser compatibility. When analyzing the specifications closer, you discover that every SSL product comes with an SSL Certificate warranty. The warranty ranges greatly from certificate to certificate. Whether it’s just $10,000, or a whopping $1,500,000, an extra assurance [...]

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Knowledgebase|