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SSL Types

Different Types of SSL Certificates

Let’s Have a Look at SSL Certificate Types

In a world where the internet is so deeply woven and essential in our lives, security holds paramount importance. It is vital to make that your website is protected against all threats to you and your users. This is why securing your website with an SSL Certificate is an absolute must, as it protects your website from possible web threats whilst also building a positive online reputation for your brand.

There are many types of SSL certificates available. When we talk about SSL types, they are grouped based on validation level (e.g. DV, OV & EV) and functionality (number of secured domains/subdomains). Let’s have a look below about different types of SSL certificates that are available from us. Knowing the SSL certificates differences will help you to get the right SSL for your business website, organization or blog website.

Extended Validation

Extended Validation

Extended Validation certificates also referred as EV SSL is used by any websites where online transaction is happening. EV SSL Certificates is issued after a strict authentication process. This SSL is used by major corporations, businesses and government entities.

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Organization Validation

Organization Validation

Organization Validation certificates also referred as OV SSL is most recommended for e-commerce portals. The certificate issuing CA validates domain ownership and other company information available on public databases.

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Domain Validation

Domain Validation

Domain Validation certificates also referred as DV SSL is issued in a few minutes as you need to validate only domain name ownership. This domain validation certificate is the cheapest option to go for where security is not the most vital factor.

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The Wildcard certificate type can be used with multiple sub-domains of a domain and is available in both DV and OV options. Wildcard certificate is ideal for the organizations and businesses having a multiple sub-domain to secure.

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Multi-Domain (SAN)

Multi-Domain (SAN)

A multi-domain SSL type can be used to secure your main domain plus several SAN (Subject Alternative Name). With a single multi-domain SSL, you can secure up to 250 domains. This certificate type is available in EV, OV and DV options.

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Multi-Domain Wildcard

Multi-Domain Wildcard

Save money, time and efforts with a multi-domain wildcard SSL. A multi-domain is available with DV and OV validation levels. With a single certificate you can secure up to 250 different fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) and unlimited sub-domains.

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An Extended Validation SSL certificate (also known as EV SSL) happens to be the most trusted and most strictly approved SSL certification. The CA validates the domain ownership, organization information, physical location, and legal existence of the company/organization. This type of certification requires you to present official documents and might take a few weeks to process.

The most amazing feature of EV SSL is GREEN ADDRESS BAR, it displays a verified company name in browser address bar. An EV certificate requires an extensive validation process compared to DV and OV certificates, but it worth it, as you will get the highest possible trust level from all visitors and customers.

Some of the features of EV SSL:

  • Activates the GREEN ADDRESS BAR in the browsers.
  • Displays Organization Name
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption algorithms
  • Unlimited server licenses
  • Compatible with major web and mobile device browsers
  • Increases conversion rates and lowers shopping cart abandonment

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Organization Validated SSL certificates have a medium level of validation involved. The CA investigates the organization making the application although not in a very deep fashion. They will contact the organization to make sure it is authenticated. The Certificate Authority validates the ownership of the domain along with organization information included in the certificate like name, city, and country and thus this process might take a few days.

Nowadays, OV SSL certificates have become 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. Those boost conversions and increase sales.

Some of the features of OV SSL:

  • Displays the name of the authenticated organization
  • Comes with 2048-bit signature and powerful 256-bit encryption
  • A single certificate secures both www.domain.com and domain.com
  • Remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularized in the 1960s
  • Works with 99.9% browsers, mobile phones, and devices
  • Unlimited server licenses and re-issuance

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Domain Validated SSL certificate (DV SSL) comes with up to 256-bit encryption and they are 99.9% web and mobile browsers compatible. Level of validation in DV type of SSL certificate is lowest thus making it the fastest available certificate. The verification in DV type is usually done via email and takes only minutes for issuance. For verification, you either make changes to a DNS record or upload a file supplied by the CA to the domain. By demonstrating control over the domain, you will be issued a certificate.

Both www and non-www version of domains can be secured with a single DV SSL certificate. A Domain Validation SSL certificate is available for all individuals, businesses, sole traders and private customers. There is no paperwork involved. You merely need to pass validation via email or alternative validation methods only. It takes only 5-10 minutes to receive issued SSL after passing the verification.

Some of the features of DV SSL:

  • Activates HTTPS and Padlock symbol
  • Up to 256-bit encryption strength
  • 2048-bit RSA Key
  • Secures both www and non-www version of domains
  • 99.9% web browser and mobile device compatibility
  • Almost instant issuance (No paperwork or documentation)
  • Unlimited re-issuance during the validity period

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A wildcard SSL certification allows you to protect an unlimited number of subdomains on a single certificate. This type of certification is a perfect solution for anyone who hosts or manages multiple sub domain that exists on the same domain. The one-time cost of the certificate covers you for additional subdomains you may add in the future.

A wildcard certificate is a cheaper and convenient option since it secures unlimited sub-domains under a main domain eliminating the necessity to purchase SSL for each of sub-domains. A wildcard is available with both DV (Domain Validation) and OV (Organization Validation) SSL and secures both the version of domain www and non-www.

Some of the features of Wildcard SSL:

  • Secures unlimited sub-domains under a main domain
  • 2048-bit future proof SSL Certificates
  • Unlimited server licensing
  • SHA-2 signed certificates with 256-bit encryption
  • Available with both DV and OV SSL types

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A multi-domain SSL certificate also sometimes referred to as SAN (Subject Alternative Name) allows you to secure and encrypt multiple domains under a single certificate. Up to 250 different domains cab ne secured under a single multi-domain SSL certificate. A multi-domain SSL features SHA-256 and 2048-bit RSA keys, and ECC support and is compatible with all major web and mobile browsers. A multi-domain SSL is available with domain validation (DV), organization validation (OV), and extended validation (EV) options.

Some of the features of Multi-Domain (SAN) SSL:

  • Secures multiple base domains
  • Strongest SSL encryption
  • Unlimited server licensing
  • Trusted by all leading web browsers

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This SSL type offers the combined features of both Wildcard and Multi-Domain. Secure multiple FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) and their unlimited number of subdomains. You can secure e-commerce sites, extranets, intranets, payment pages, web applications, and mail servers under a multi-domain wildcard SSL certificate. This MDC Wildcard SSL certificate can be availed with both domain validation (DV) and organization validation (OV) options. This SSL type is the best choice because of its issuance time, cost-saving option, standard encryption, and SAN support and browser compatibility.

Some of the features of MDC Wildcard SSL:

  • Supports SAN option
  • Secure unlimited sub-domains
  • Unlimited server licenses and re-issuance
  • Compatible with all major web browsers and mobile devices
  • Encryption strength up to 256-bit with 2048-bit RSA key

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