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While the need for online security is universal, not all SSL Certificates are created equal. The guide below is designed to help you decide which type of certificate is right for you.
Ideal for non-critical web pages
Think of DV like getting a library card—no confirmation of who you really are, very minimal requirements to obtain and issued very quickly.Browse Domain Validation Certificates
Ideal for more sensitive webpages such as login pages
Think of OV like getting a driver’s license—more hoops to jump through than a library card but more trusted as a form of identification.Browse Organization Validation Certificates
Ideal for sensitive webpages including ecommerce, online banking, account signups
Think of EV like getting a passport—much more stringent processes, longer lead times and more verification of who you are than with a library card or driver’s license. Recognized internationally as the most trusted way to verify your identity.Browse Extended Validation Certificates
SSL Certificates enable data encryption on the internet and allow data to be transmitted securely from a web server to a browser. With SSL, your website can use the https protocol and will display a padlock in end users web browsers to indicate the connection is secure.
SSL Certificates are an essential part of the internet. They not only encrypt communication between your computer and the server where a website is located, but they also provide verification that a site is what it claims to be.
There are 3 different levels of vetting that SSL Certificates are based upon. Domain Validated (DV) , Organization Validated (OV), and Extended Validation (EV). The major difference between the types of certificate relates to the information the Certificate Authority, RapidSSL, GeoTrust and DigiCert, requires and validates in order to issue a certificate. The higher levels of certificate require more information, and often is displayed in the browser bar. EV SSL for example turns the browser bar green and displays the organization name to visitors to generate more trust.