What Is SSL Certificate?
A Secure Sockets Layer – or SSL – certificate is a web security protocol and essential for protecting your site visitors’ sensitive data against fraud and identity theft. SSLs guard data by providing encryption (scrambling of data to prevent tampering during transmission) and validation (verification of the business behind the website). SSL certificates come in different levels of security, depending on the level of protection and security features you need. Often, these features are obvious – Site Seals, HTTPS, and the “green bar” are all visual indicators of a protected site – other times, the security is behind-the-scenes. No matter what level you choose, SSL protection reassures visitors that your site is safe, leading to greater customer trust and increased reliability for your business or brand.
What To Look For When Choosing SSL?
Domain Validation (DV)
Ideal for securing personal websites, blogs, and Facebook apps.
Organization Validation (OV)
Ideal for securing sites that take in customer info (e.g. login credentials).
Extended Validation (EV)
Ideal for securing sites that take in more sensitive customer info (e.g., credit card data).
Single Domain SSL
Single domain SSL certificates provide security for a single unique domain name or single subdomain. For example,
domain.com or domain.us or domain.org
Wildcard SSL certificates provide security for multiple subdomains of a single domain. For example, a wildcard SSL issued to *.mysite.com can be used to secure hostnames such as,
mysite.com, www.mysite.com, login.mysite.com, mail.mysite.com
A multi-domain SSL can secure several websites by including many domains on one certificate. It’s ideal for organizations with multiple unique domains hosted on a single server. For example,
blog.mysite.com, secure.mysite.co.uk, payment.mysite.net, www.blog.mysite.org
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