Types

The Domain Validation (DV) SSL certificate is 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 the Domain Validation certificate is very quick and easy: you will have to prove that you are the domain owner just by responding to an automatic e-mail message. After a couple of minutes, you will receive the issued SSL certificate which can be installed immediately. Sites with Domain Validation certification can be identified by the green padlock that is displayed by most web browsers.

This type of SSL certificates is recommended to be used if you need to prove that your site is secured, by having a secured connection. The Domain Validation certificates don’t display the legal entity, as the identity of the website owner is not checked while issuing them. So, if you have an e-commerce website or a site that collects users’ personal data, you should consider buying our Business Validation (BV) or Extended Validation (EV) certificates, which will make your site more trustworthy.

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 is carried out by a legitimate, good faith company operating at the provided location. Since the validation is done manually and involves paperwork, you will receive your Business Validation SSL certificate within 1-3 business days.

After receiving Business Validation, the green “https” and padlock icon will be displayed on your website’s address bar. These signs will make customers more willing to entrust you their personal and financial information. Yet, if your website purpose is to perform large sales, offer specific products/services or execute financial transactions, you should consider buying our Extended Validation (EV) certificate. This type of SSL certificate will activate the green address bar and will give your site a higher level of trust.

The Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate is 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 a few business days. But if you keep your company’s records up to date, the Extended Validation SSL certificate will be issued quickly, confirming that your company owns the website.

This type of SSL certificate significantly enhances the trust level of your website. Extended Validation certificates are highly effective in providing protection against phishing attacks. By displaying the well-known green address bar, your clients feel safer while performing transactions, and this fact will definitely boost your conversions. This is why Extended Validation certificates are considered the most reputable SSL Certificates for your website.

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 need to purchase other certificates for each subdomain. The Wildcard SSL certificate comes in two options: Domain Validation (DV) and Business Validation (BV).

Besides being a convenient way of securing your site, Wildcard SSL certificates are very easy to be managed because the domains will have the same renewal date. This is why you should consider getting Wildcard certificates if you own a complex website, with different subdomains, IP addresses or server storage options. Yet, if you have level 2 subdomains (like test.account.ssldragon.com) or you need an Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate, you may have to buy a separate SSL certificate for each domain/subdomain or a UCC/SAN SSL certificate for all of them.

You can secure multiple subdomains by purchasing a Wildcard Certificate. This SSL 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.

You can find our full list of Wildcard certificates at this link.

A Wildcard certificate will secure an unlimited number of subdomains.

The CodeSigning certificate was specifically developed for increasing 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. Moreover, the Authenticode Technology guarantees that if the code will be damaged after being signed, the digital signature will break and alert the client that the software is no longer credible.

CodeSigning certificates are Business Validation (BV) and Personal Validation SSL certificates. The Business Validation SSLs require Certificate Authority’s (CA’s) authentication through providing your company’s documents, along with performing domain validation by email. The Personal Validation requires personal identification verification of the owner. The entire validation process may take up to 2 or 3 business days to issue your CodeSigning certificate that will serve as a third party guarantee for the authenticity of your digital goods.

You can find our full list of CodeSigning certificates at this link.

In order to have the Green Address Bar on your website, you have to purchase an Extended Validated (EV) SSL Certificate. We offer EV SSL certificates for different purposes, assuring different levels of security. You can find the whole list of EV certificates issued by 4 global leaders Internet Security at this link.

There are SSL Certificates of three validation types:

1) Domain Validation SSL Certificates – are the least expensive SSL Certificates. They are the easiest to get, and are issued within 3-5 minutes. More info…

2) Business Validation SSL Certificates require you to have a registered company. When users click on the green padlock icon for your certificate, they will see your company name. Also, Business Validation Certificates come with a dynamic site seal, similar to the Comodo site seal that we have in the footer of our website. They are issued within 1-3 business days.  More info…

3) Extended Validation SSL Certificates come with the famous Green Bar which displays the name of your company right in the URL bar of the browser. They also come with a dynamic site seal similar to the one from the footer of our website. Just like the Business Validation certificates, the Extended Validation SSL Certificates require you to have a registered company. They are issued within 1-5 business days. More info…

Also, based on how many domains or sub-domains you want to secure, you can look at One Domain SSL Certificates which will secure only one single domain name or sub-domain, Multi-Domain (SAN) SSL Certificates which secure several domains and/or sub-domains at a time, and the Wildcard SSL Certificates which secure one domain and all its sub-domains under one certificate. Finally, don’t forget about the Code Signing SSL Certificates which will sign, secure and protect your software from being infected with malware and then distributed online.

Please note that all these SSL Certificates types come with the same exact security level and encryption strength.

Yes, you can secure an IP address with an SSL Certificate. However, only some specific SSL Certificates will allow you to do that. Here are those SSL Certificates:
– Comodo InstantSSL Premium
– GeoTrust TrueBusinessID
– Thawte Web Server SSL
– Symantec Secure Site
– Symantec Secure Site PRO

Please note that all these certificates are Business Validation SSL Certificates, which means that you need to have a registered company in order to be issued one of these certificates.

Unfortunately, there are no Wildcard EV SSL Certificates on the market. The Certificate Authorities refuse to issue EV Wildcard SSL Certificates because of the security reasons, so as they want to have complete control over the subdomains that they issue an EV SSL to. That is why, your only solution is to buy a Multi-Domain EV SSL Certificate that secures multiple domains and subdomains.

Unfortunately, domain names that end with .local are not supported from November 1st, 2015. If you request an SSL Certificate for a domain or sub-domain that has .local as an extension, your SSL Certificate will be rejected by the Certificate Authority.

If you want to secure a domain or sub-domain on your localhost, you can create a self-signed SSL Certificate. There is plenty of documentation online on how to do that.

If you are still wondering what are the main benefits of each validation type (Domain Validation (DV), Business Validation (BV), and Extended Validation (EV)) and why you should choose one vs. another, then this is the right FAQ for you. Each of these SSL Certificate types was created having in mind a certain customer trust level:

  • BasicDomain Validation SSL Certificates – created for customers who aren’t interested in showing their company name and address in the SSL Certificate – either because they don’t need/want to or simply because they just don’t have a company. They only need to get the SSL Certificate very quickly in order to secure their domain name with HTTPS and have all web and mobile browsers display their website as “Secure”.
  • MediumBusiness Validation SSL Certificates – designed for clients who want to display their company’s name in their SSL Certificate’s details in order to ensure their customers that their business is real and trustworthy. BV SSL Certificates also allows you to display on your website a site seal provided by the third party Certificate Authority which proves that your SSL Certificate was issued to your company’s name and address.
  • Top Extended Validation SSL Certificates   developed for clients for whom users’ trust is highly important and they want to have a green address/URL bar that displays the company’s name on all web and mobile browsers (along with making this information visible in the SSL Certificate’s details). EV SSL Certificates also provide the site seal which proves that your SSL Certificate was issued to your website, company’s name and address but these certificates have the topmost trust level because they show your customers, prospectors, and visitors that your website is highly secure and that their information is always protected.

Now that you know the main differences between Domain Validation (DV), Business Validation (BV), and Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates, it should be much easier for you choose the one that fits you the best. 

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