The more your customers trust you, the more they buy from you. DigiCert provides the best identity assurance in the industry, so visitors to your website will know who they are doing business with. Smart companies all over the world use DigiCert's EV SSL certificate, secure site seal, and branding to help build trust.
DigiCert’s SSL Certificates are designed to meet any need. Regardless of server OS, number of servers, or number of domains, one of our SSL Certificates is right for you. If you’re not sure which SSL Certificate to get after reading the descriptions below, please call or email us and we will be happy to help you figure out what is best for your environment.
Single-name SSL Certificates are the most basic type of SSL Certificate. They provide encryption and validation and cover one domain. DigiCert single-name certificates have all the features you expect from an SSL Certificate (like strong encryption and browser trust) as well as a few things you won’t get anywhere else—like unlimited reissues, unlimited duplicate certificates, and an unlimited server license. And a certificate for www.yoursite.com will also work with yoursite.com. That’s why we call it SSL Plus.
The highest level of authentication makes Extended Validation SSL Certificates the ultimate in building trust through your website. DigiCert's EV Plus certificates use Subject Alternative Names to secure both www.example.com and example.com in one ssl certificate. That means your customers get the green bar in EV-enabled browsers with or without the "www."
Unified Communications (UC) certificates (also called SAN certificates) use Subject Alternative Names to secure up to 25 domains, sites, and subdomains with one certificate. For example, with a SAN certificate you can secure www.example.com, www.example2.com, www.example3.net, mail.example.net, dev.example2.com, etc. This makes UC certificates perfect for Exchange environments or any environment where you need to secure multiple names across different domains.
Extended Validation (EV) certificates use the highest level of authentication and were specifically created to boost customer confidence through EV certificate-only browser cues like the green address bar. For businesses with a high-profile brand, EV certificates are the most effective defense against phishing scams. With an EV certificate visitors can be sure you are who you say you are and complete secure transactions with confidence, decreasing cart abandonment rates. And EV certificates put your organization in a leadership position—a competitive advantage in the world of ecommerce.
Wildcard certificates secure a domain and all of its first-level subdomains. For example, a certificate for *.example.com secures www.example.com, mail.example.com, etc. A standard SSL Certificate would only secure www.example.com, requiring you to purchase an additional certificate for mail.example.com. And every DigiCert wildcard certificate comes with an unlimited server license, so you only pay once—whether you have one server or one hundred.
|SSL Plus™ Certificate||$195 USD||-||Buy Now|
|Extended Validation||$295 USD||-||Buy Now|
|Unified Communications||$299 USD||-||Buy Now|
|EV Multi-Domain||$489 USD||-||Buy Now|
|Wildcard Plus™||$595 USD||-||Buy Now|
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.
To establish a secured SSL connection on a web server it requires an SSL Certificate to be properly installed. When completing the process to activate SSL on your web server you will be asked to complete a number of questions to verify the identity of your domain and your company. Once properly completed, your web server will create 2 types of cryptographic keys – one is called a Private Key and the other is called the Public Key.
The Public Key isn’t a secret and it’s placed into something called a Certificate Signing Request or most commonly referred to as the CSR. The CSR is a file that contains all the data of your details. Once this CSR is generated, you can begin the SSL application process. During this process, the Certification Authority (CA) will go through the validation process to verify your submitted details and then once verified will issue an SSL Certificate with your details and allow you to use SSL. Your web server will automatically match the CA issued SSL Certificate to your Private Key. This means you are now ready to establish an encrypted and secure link between your website and your customer's web browser.
SSL protocol is complex, but the complexities always remain invisible to your customers. Instead the browser they are using provides them with a key indicator letting them know that their session is currently protected by an SSL encryption – sometimes it is the lock icon in the lower right-hand corner, or the addition of an “s” in https rather than just http, on high-end SSL Certificates, a key indicator is the green bar in the browser. Clicking on the indicators will display all the details about it. All trusted Certification Authorities issue SSL Certificates to either legit companies or legally accountable individuals.
Generally speaking, SSL Certificates include and display (at least one or all) your domain name, your company name, your address, your city, your state and your country. It also always has an expiration date of that particular certificate and of course the details of the Certification Authority responsible for issuing the certificate. Browser connect to a secured site and then retrieves the site's SSL Certificate and first makes sure that it has not expired, then it checks to see if it was issued by a known Certification Authority that the browser trusts, and then that it is actually being used by the website that is was actually issued to. If any one of these parameters does not check out properly, the browser will display a warning to the user to let them know that this site is not secure by SSL. It says to leave or proceed with extreme caution. That is the last thing you would want to say to your potential customer. That is why SSL is of high importance to any successful company doing business on the web.
The number of businesses that use SSL have increased tremendously over the past few years and the reasons for which SSL is used has also increased, for example:
EV Certificates are used for all types of businesses, including government entities and both incorporated & unincorporated businesses. Takes about 10 days to issue.A second set of guidelines are for the actual CA and it establishes the criteria to which a CA needs to be audited before being allowed to issue an EV Certificate. It is called, the EV Audit Guidelines, and they are always done every year to ensure the integrity of the issuance process.
Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates are issued only when a Certification Authority (CA) checks to make sure that the applicant actually has the right to the specific domain name plus the CA does some vetting (investigation) of the said organization. This additional vetted company info is displayed to customers when the Secure Site Seal is clicked on, this gives enhanced visibility to who is behind the site which in turn gives enhanced trust in the site. Takes about 2 days to issue.
Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates are issued when the CA checks to make sure that the applicant actually has the right to the specific domain name. No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal. DV certs can be issued immediately.