SSL Certificates From Secure128

The Future Is Bright & Secure

Trust makes all the difference in the world of online business. Investment in technology to protect customers and earn their trust is a critical success factor for any company that does business online or hosts an e-commerce website. The effective implementation of SSL certificates and correct placement and use of trust marks are proven tools in the establishment of customer trust.

What Is An SSL Certificate?

...And how can SSL protect my business?

SSL stands for “Secure Socket Layer.” It is a technology that establishes a secure session link between the visitor’s web browser and your website so that all communications transmitted through this link are encrypted and are, therefore, secure. SSL is also used for transmitting secure email, secure files, and other forms of information.


Where Would I Use an SSL Certificate?

You can use an SSL certificate anywhere that you wish to transmit information securely.

  • Securing communication between your website and your customer's Internet browser
  • Securing internal communications on your corporate intranet.
  • Securing email communications sent to and from your network (or private email address).
  • Securing information between servers (both internal and external).
  • Securing information sent and received via mobile devices.

Different Types of SSL

Extended Validation SSL

Recommended For Large Corporations & Enterprises

Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates offer the highest industry standard for authentication and provide the best level of customer trust available. When consumers visit a website secured with an EV SSL certificate, the address bar turns green (in high-security browsers) and a special field appears with the name of the legitimate website owner along with the name of the security provider that issued the EV SSL certificate. It also displays the name of the certificate holder and issuing CA in the address bar. This visual reassurance has helped increase consumer confidence in e-commerce.

Symantec's Secure Site Pro with EV SSL Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Symantec's UCC/SAN With EV SSL Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's True BusinessID with EV Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's UCC/SAN with EV SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Thawte's SSL WebServer with EV Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info

Organization Validation SSL

Recommended For Government & Public Businesses

A fully authenticated SSL certificate is the first step to true online security and confidence building. Taking slightly longer to issue, these certificates are only granted once the organization passes a number of validation procedures and checks to confirm the existence of the business, the ownership of the domain, and the user’s authority to apply for the certificate.

Symantec's Secure Site Pro SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's True BusinessID Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Thawte's SSL WebServer Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info

Domain Validated SSL

Recommended For Small/Medium Sized Businesses

A Domain Validated certificate is considered an entry-level SSL certificate and can be issued quickly. The only verification check performed is to ensure that the applicant owns the domain (website address) where they plan to use the certificate. No additional checks are done to ensure that the owner of the domain is a valid business entity.

GeoTrust's QuickSSL SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's QuickSSL Premium Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Thawte's SSL123 SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info

Wildcard SSL

A domain name is often used with a number of different host suffixes. For this reason, you may employ a Wildcard certificate that allows you to provide full SSL security to any host of your domain – for example, host.your_domain.com (where “host” varies but the domain name stays constant).

Symantec Wildcard Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's True BusinessID Wildcard Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Thawte's SSL WebServer Wildcard Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info

UCC/SAN & Multi-Domain SSL

Similar to a Wildcard certificate, but a little more versatile, the SAN (Subject Alternative Name) SSL certificate allows for more than one domain to be added to a single SSL certificate.

Symantec UCC/SAN SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Symantec UCC/SAN With EV SSL Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's QuickSSL Premium Multi-SAN Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's UCC/SAN SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
GeoTrust's UCC/SAN with EV SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info
Thawte's UCC/SAN SSL Certificate Yearly BUY RENEW Product Info

How Does SSL Encryption Work?

In the same way that you lock and unlock doors using a key, encryption makes use of keys to lock and unlock your information. Unless you have the right key, you will not be able to “open” the information.

Each SSL session consists of two keys:

  • The public key is used to encrypt (scramble) the information.
  • The private key is used decrypt (un-scramble) the information and restore it to its original format so that it can be read

The Process: Every SSL certificate that is issued for a CA-verified entity is issued for a specific server and website domain (website address). When a person uses their browser to navigate to the address of a website with an SSL certificate, an SSL handshake (greeting) occurs between the browser and server. Information is requested from the server – which is then made visible to the person in their browser window. You will notice changes to indicate that a secure session has been initiated – for example, a trust mark will appear.If you click on the trust mark, you will see additional information such as the validity period of the SSL certificate, the domain secured, the type of SSL certificate, and the issuing CA. All of this means that a secure link is established for that session, with a unique session key, and secure communications can begin.


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