SSL Certificates

Secure data. Protect customers. Increase confidence. Because trust is everything online.

Single domain icon

Single Domain Protection

Every website needs an SSL certificate, and we have an option for every budget. Secure one website with industry standard 256-bit encryption. Choose your preferred certification authority and higher level of validation to increase trust.

RapidSSL

usd$17.50/year*
RapidSSL
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Browser padlock icon
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty
Great Value

Sectigo PositiveSSL

usd$17.50/year*
Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo SSL

usd$100.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $250k warranty
Best Seller

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium

usd$100.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 10 min issuance
  • $500k warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL

usd$210.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $50k warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID

usd$210.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID EV

usd$300.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Established brand
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty

Sectigo SSL EV

usd$305.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty
Multi domain icon

Multi Domain SAN SSL Certificates

Protect multiple domains and/or subdomains, including public web addresses, private hostnames and IP addresses, under one SSL certificate instead of purchasing and configuring separate ones. These certificates are also referred to as Subject Alternative Name (SAN) SSL.

Coverage for multiple domains and/or subdomains

GeoTrust True Business ID Multi-Domain

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add up to 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty
Great Value

Sectigo Multi-Domain SSL

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 245 more (250 total).

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID EV Multi-Domain

usd$525.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit Encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty

Coverage for one domain, add extra domains and/or subdomains for a fee

Symantec Secure Site

usd$290.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec site seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty

Symantec Secure Site EV

usd$750.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Premium brand recognition
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

Symantec Secure Site Pro EV

usd$1,250.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • High 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA, DSA and ECC encryption
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

Coverage for one domain, plus 4 additional subdomains

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium SAN

usd$175.00/year*

Protect one fully qualified domain and up to 4 additional subdomains (5 total).

GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Fast 10 minute issuance
  • $500k warranty
Wildcard domain icon

WildCard Protection for unlimited subdomains

Save money by securing your primary domain, as well as an unlimited number of subdomains (mail.example.ca, login.example.ca, shop.example.ca) under a single SSL certificate. Save time and effort by eliminating the need to reconfigure and reissue when you add future subdomains.

Sectigo PositiveSSL Wildcard

usd$399.99/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains.

Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Issues in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL Premium Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Evoke greater trust in your visitors through organizational vetting.

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Established brand with extended business validation for high assurance.

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty
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Domain Validation (DV)

Great for simple websites, one-person entities & small organizations. DV SSL certificates have the quickest issuance because only domain ownership must be established.

RapidSSL

usd$17.50/year*
RapidSSL
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Browser padlock icon
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty
Great Value

Sectigo PositiveSSL

usd$17.50/year*
Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo SSL

usd$100.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $250k warranty
Best Seller

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium

usd$100.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 10 min issuance
  • $500k warranty

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium SAN

usd$175.00/year*

Protect one fully qualified domain and up to 4 additional subdomains (5 total).

GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Fast 10 minute issuance
  • $500k warranty

Sectigo PositiveSSL Wildcard

usd$399.99/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains.

Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Issues in minutes
  • $10k warranty
Organization validation (OV) icon

Organization Validation (OV)

Best for businesses, nonprofits and small ecommerce sites. Increase visitor confidence and boost your credibility by showing that your organization has gone though additional vetting to prove your authenticy.

GeoTrust True Business ID

usd$210.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL

usd$210.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $50k warranty

Symantec Secure Site

usd$290.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec site seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty
Great Value

Sectigo Multi-Domain SSL

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 245 more (250 total).

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID Multi-Domain

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add up to 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL Premium Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Evoke greater trust in your visitors through organizational vetting.

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Established brand with extended business validation for high assurance.

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty
Extended validation (EV) icon

Extended Validation (EV)

Best for businesses and organizations that want to convey a high level of trust to visitors. EV SSL is recommended for established brands, ecommerce websites and those who place a premium on making visitors feel safe. EV are the only SSL certificates that turn the visitor’s browser bar green and are the highest-assurance certs available.

Sectigo SSL EV

usd$305.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID EV

usd$300.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Established brand
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID EV Multi-Domain

usd$525.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit Encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty

Symantec Secure Site EV

usd$750.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Premium brand recognition
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

Symantec Secure Site Pro EV

usd$1,250.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • High 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA, DSA and ECC encryption
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

RapidSSL

RapidSSL is a well-respected Certification Authority that prioritizes speed and quick implementation. With an incredibly fast, fully automated issuance process you can purchase a RapidSSL certificate and have it up and running in just minutes.

RapidSSL

usd$17.50/year*
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Browser padlock icon
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo

Sectigo (formerly Comodo) is an established cybersecurity company and the world’s largest Certification Authority and TLS/SSL vendor. With more than 1M certificates issued, Sectigo continues to grow in popularity.

Great Value

Sectigo PositiveSSL

usd$17.50/year*
PositiveSSL
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo SSL

usd$100.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Issued in minutes
  • $250k warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL

usd$210.00/year*
InstantSSL
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $50k warranty
Great Value

Sectigo Multi-Domain SSL

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 245 more (250 total).

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Static site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty

Sectigo PositiveSSL Wildcard

usd$399.99/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains.

Sectigo
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Static site seal
  • Issues in minutes
  • $10k warranty

Sectigo InstantSSL Premium Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Evoke greater trust in your visitors through organizational vetting.

Sectigo
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $250k warranty

Sectigo SSL EV

usd$305.00/year*
Sectigo
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

GeoTrust

GeoTrust is our best selling SSL brand and the world’s second largest provider of SSL certificates. A globally trusted security brand, its digital certificates enable organizations in over 170 countries worldwide to maximize the security of their online data and transactions ost-effectively.

Best Seller

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium

usd$100.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 10 min issuance
  • $500k warranty

GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium SAN

usd$175.00/year*

Protect one fully qualified domain and up to 4 additional subdomains (5 total).

GeoTrust
  • Domain Validation (DV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • Fast 10 minute issuance
  • $500k warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID

usd$210.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID Multi-Domain

usd$350.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add up to 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-2 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard

usd$475.00/year*

Protect one domain and unlimited subdomains. Established brand with extended business validation for high assurance.

GeoTrust
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic site seal
  • 1-3 day issuance
  • $1.25M warranty

GeoTrust True Business ID EV

usd$300.00/year*
GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV)
  • Green address bar Secure
  • Established brand
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty
Top Seller

GeoTrust True Business ID EV Multi-Domain

usd$525.00/year*

Protect 5 domains, with the option to add 95 more (100 total).

GeoTrust
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic site seal
  • Up to 256-bit Encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty

Symantec

Symantec is the most recognized brand in cybersecurity solutions today - and that goes for SSL as well. Known for its world-renowned Norton antivirus, the Symantec/Norton trustmark has a 90% recognition rate and is the preferred brand of most Fortune-500 companies.

Symantec Secure Site

usd$290.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Organizational Validation (OV)
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec site seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-5 day issuance
  • $1.5M warranty
Top Seller

Symantec Secure Site EV

usd$750.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Premium brand recognition
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • 40-bit to 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA and DSA encryption
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty
Best in Class

Symantec Secure Site Pro EV

usd$1,250.00/year*

Protect one domain, with the option to add up to 249 more (250 total) for a fee.

Symantec
  • Extended Validation (EV) with green address bar Secure
  • Dynamic Norton/Symantec seal
  • High 256-bit Encryption
  • Supports RSA, DSA and ECC encryption
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • 1-10 day issuance
  • $1.75M warranty

All our SSL Certificates always include:

  • Visual cues that your website is secure
  • Strongest available encryption up to 256-bit
  • Google SEO ranking boost
  • Free support & set-up assistance
  • Compatibility with all major browsers and mobile devices

If you have a website, you need an SSL certificate.

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Protect private data with strong encryption

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Increase customer trust and conversions

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Avoid getting flagged as “Not Secure”

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Receive an SEO boost on Google


Don’t get labelled “Not Secure” by Google

In July 2018 Chrome will begin alerting visitors to HTTP webpages that they are not secure. The tagging of your website as “Not Secure” by the world’s most popular browser can hurt your bottom line and reputation.

Get a trusted SSL in place, and learn more about SSL’s benefits for you and your visitors.

How SSL Works

An SSL certificate encrypts information that is sent to, and received by, your website so it cannot be viewed and/or intercepted by third parties. Here’s how the secure connection is established.

  • 1
    When a visitor comes to an SSL secured website, its browser will request the server to identify itself. The server, in return, sends back its SSL certificate information.
  • 2
    Next, the browser will confirm the validity of the SSL certificate and then send back a one-time encryption key for a secure session.
  • 3
    The server uses its private key to decrypt the session key it was provided, and establishes a secure, encrypted connection. Once the connection is complete, the padlock icon and HTTPS prefix will appear in the visitor's browser.

Compare SSL Certificates by Type

Domains Protected Validation Level Warranty Site Seal Price
RapidSSL Single Domain (DV) $10K
usd$17.50/yr*
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Sectigo PositiveSSL Single Domain (DV) $10K
usd$17.50/yr*
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Sectigo SSL Single Domain (DV) $250K
usd$100.00/yr*
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GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium Single Domain (DV) $500K
usd$100.00/yr*
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GeoTrust Quick SSL Premium SAN Multi Domain (DV) $500K
usd$175.00/yr*
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GeoTrust True Business ID Single Organization (OV) $1.25M
usd$210.00/yr*
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Sectigo InstantSSL Single Organization (OV) $50K
usd$210.00/yr*
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Symantec Secure Site Multi Organization (OV) $1.5M
usd$290.00/yr*
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GeoTrust True Business ID EV Single Extended (EV) $1.5M
usd$300.00/yr*
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Sectigo SSL EV Single Extended (EV) $1.75M
usd$305.00/yr*
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Sectigo Multi-Domain SSL Multi Organization (OV) $250K
usd$350.00/yr*
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GeoTrust True Business ID Multi-Domain Multi Organization (OV) $1.25M
usd$350.00/yr*
Add to Cart
Sectigo PositiveSSL Wildcard Wildcard Domain (DV) $250K
usd$399.99/yr*
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Sectigo InstantSSL Premium Wildcard Wildcard Organization (OV) $250K
usd$475.00/yr*
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GeoTrust True Business ID Wildcard Wildcard Organization (OV) $1.25M
usd$475.00/yr*
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GeoTrust True Business ID EV Multi-Domain Multi Extended (EV) $1.5M
usd$525.00/yr*
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Symantec Secure Site EV Multi Extended (EV) $1.75M
usd$750.00/yr*
Add to Cart
Symantec Secure Site Pro EV Multi Extended (EV) $1.75M
usd$1,250.00/yr*
Add to Cart

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an SSL certificate?

SSL Certificates perform two core functions for websites and their visitors - encryption and identity validation - and both are essential to gaining trust and, ultimately, conversions.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the technology security protocol for data encryption and authentication. An SSL Certificate employs this technology to carry out two core functions:

  1. It authenticates the identity of your website to visiting browsers, validating your domain or organization for website visitors
  2. It encrypts the information visitors send to, or receive from, your website

When an SSL certificates is installed on a website, a secure link is created between the server and a visitor’s web browser - indicated by the HTTPS prefix and the lock icon in the browser bar - to ensure that all data passed between the server and browser stays private. This keeps all the information exchanged between you and your website visitors safe from data thieves.

The other major function of an SSL certificate is identity authentication. Website visitors today increasingly want to know who they are connecting to online — and if they’re legitimate. SSL Certification Authorities use a variety of authentication methods, depending on whether you choose DV, OV or EV SSL, to verify your organization’s information to visitors can have confidence in your online identity.

What is encryption?

Encryption is the basis of secure web communications. The process turns “plain text” into “cipher text” to scramble data so it’s not readable by anyone except the intended party. Historically, most websites have been served over HTTP or Hypertext Transfer Protocol which has one glaring flaw—it’s not secure. Any information transmitted via an HTTP connection is easy to steal. Given that today we share all sorts of sensitive information online—including addresses, login IDs, passwords, credit card numbers and more—the browser community has pushed for the entire web, not just e-commerce sites, to be encrypted. Encryption is enabled via an HTTPS connection.

For more information, read our Beginner’s Guide to SSL Encryption.

What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP has been the accepted standard since 1997 and was the traditional way to serve up a website, even though it didn’t provide a secure connection. When you install an SSL certificate, your website will be served up using HTTPS (HTTP + SSL) instead of HTTP, indicating an encrypted connection.

What is the difference between 128- and 256-bit security?

The difference is between the key lengths used once an SSL connection has been established in the browser. 256-bit security is a bigger key, but that does not equate to it being more secure. Industry experts assert 128-bit is equally secure for the foreseeable future. The only reason 256-bit security may be required is if it's mandated by industry or company policy. All our SSL certificates can use either bit-length, which one you use is a matter of server configuration.

Do I need an SSL Certificate for a basic blog or brochure website?

Until recently, basic websites or blogs that did not have text forms of any kind could pass without an SSL certificate. That will change in 2018. Browsers are making HTTPS, or encrypted connections, a requirement for all webpages, not just e-commerce sites and sites with text input fields or forms. After July 1 2018, webpages serving unencrypted HTTP connections will trigger a “Not Secure” warning for visitors using Chrome, and it is expected that the other major browsers will follow suit. With Chrome holding 58% of current browser market share, it's important that all websites implement SSL and HTTPS to not only maintain visitor trust, but also prevent abandonment and bounces triggered by “Not Secure" warnings.

Which SSL certificate should I choose for my business or website?

While all SSLs use the same technology and standard of encryption, the different certificate types have distinct requirements and characteristics.

Things that will factor into your decision include whether you have a personal or business website, the robustness of validation you desire, how many domains you need to protect and if your website uses subdomains.

Personal vs Business Website
If you are running a blog, simple brochure website, or internal facing domain for employees, a Standard Domain Validation (DV) SSL should give you the coverage you need. DV SSL certificates have the added bonus of being the fastest to issue and can be authorized in minutes.

If you're invested in your reputation and place a high value on being perceived as trustworthy, a high assurance Organizational Validation (OV) SSL certificate is worth investing in. OV SSLs validate that the domain belongs to a registered business and displays the validated company information in its site seal. OV certificates typically take a little longer to vet, approximately 1-3 business days.

If you are running an e-commerce website or simply want the prominent, universally recognized green bar that is synonymous with security and highly regarded global brands, you will need to select an extended validation (EV) SSL certificate. The validation process for EV is more comprehensive and takes approximately 1-5 business days to issue.

Multiple Domain Names
If you have more than one domain name, a multi-domain (MD) SSL certificate will save you money and time. Multi-Domain certificates are a convenient choice for businesses that own multiple domains or TLD extensions, eliminating the need to purchase, install and manage separate SSLs for each one. These certificates cover all manners of fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) including publicly accessible web addresses, private hostnames, IP addresses and more. Multi-domain SSL certificates are available in DV, OV and EV options and many can extend their protection to 250+ domains.

Website with Subdomains
If your primary domain has active subdomains - for example, mail.domain.com, shop.domain.com, members.domain.com, test.domain.com, dev.domain.com, etc. - a Wildcard SSL certificate can be used to protect them all, as well as future ones that you might create. Wildcard SSL certificates cover one domain name and an unlimited amount of sub-domains, and are available in DV and OV options.

Increasing Visitor Confidence
As indicated above, the vetting and validation process for DV, OV, and EV SSL certificates vary in intensity, with OV and EV requiring additional information and verifications such as confirmation of the business' ownership, and in the case of EV, that your business is registered with a government authority. Generally speaking, the more in-depth the validation, the more confidence and trust you establish with visitors. OV and EV certificates also include more prominent trust indicators that get displayed on your website.

What are the different validation options and how are they different from one another?

Domain Validation (DV) SSL - DV SSL Certificates are the fastest to issue and get in place because they only verify the authenticity of a domain name’s ownership and registration information. The Certificate Authority (CA) can issue DV certificates in a matter of hours.
Pros: Fast, inexpensive and easy.
Cons: Limited visual indicators - when visitors click the padlock, all they’ll see is domain registry information.
Best for: Blogs, internal testing domains, one-person entities, brochure websites and small organizations

Organization Validation (OV) SSL - OV SSL Certificates are typically processed in a few business days. The Certificate Authority (CA) verifies the ownership of a domain name and contacts the business requesting the certificate. A business must prove it’s is a legitimate legal entity by providing up-to-date documentation.
Pros: It comes with a dynamic clickable site seal that displays validated company information.
Cons: The visual indicators are more limited than EV. Visitors need to click on the site seal to see the organizational validation.

Best for: Small e-commerce sites and entities that don’t have the budget for EV, but still need to prove they’re trustworthy

Extended Validation (EV) SSL - With an EV SSL certificate the Certificate Authority (CA) checks must validate your organizational, physical and operational existence. Some of the process is conducted manually to ensure legitimacy. The vetting process is thorough and can take up to 5 business days to complete.
Pros: Used by the world’s biggest brands, the green bar is universally trusted and impossible to fake. EV SSL is proven to increase conversion.
Best for: Ecommerce businesses looking to maximize conversions and gain a competitive edge, national and global brands

For more information, read our SSL Validation Levels Explained page.

What is an Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate?

EV stands for Extended Validation and is the most premium type of SSL certificate available. These certificates are identified on websites mainly by the green address bar, one of the most universally recognized symbols of trust on the web and a feature that is impossible to fake. EV certificates are becoming increasingly common for all manner of websites, especially those receiving personally identifiable information and processing e-commerce transactions. EV SSL certificates require that a company complete a thorough vetting process before they will be issued, which makes them ideal for companies who want to maximize visitor confidence.

What’s a Certificate Authority (CA)?

Certificate Authorities (CAs) are globally trusted entities, such as GeoTrust, Symantec and Comodo, that are authorized to issue SSL Certificates. Browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, are applications that read the certificates to determine whether visitors can trust your website. Browsers trust the CAs, so when a CA validates your domain, organization and/or extended company details and says you’re legitimate, the browsers take them at their word. The CAs and browsers come together in the CA/B Forum to establish the ‘rules of the web’ that govern the issuance and management of SSL Certificates.

Which Certification Authority or SSL Brand is right for my business?

Here’s a short overview of the different CA brands Webnames carries.

RapidSSL – A fast, inexpensive and basic option for small websites. RapidSSL is a reputable Certification Authority with a fully automated issuance process that takes just minutes to complete.

GeoTrust – A globally recognized, versatile and highly trusted SSL brand with numerous budget-friendly options. GeoTrust offers business-class SSL solutions and is a good match for businesses and organizations who want their SSL security to come from a longstanding, prominent brand with wide reaching browser compatibility.

Symantec - Symantec is the most recognizable and trusted brand in the SSL industry, with a security pedigree that goes back to 1991 when they launched Norton antivirus. Symantec has acquired both Verisign and DigiCert SSL brands, greatly enhancing its public key infrastructure (PKI) infrastructure and making it the worldwide CA leader.

Comodo – Comodo is one of the largest and most trusted Certification Authorities in the world, and growing in popularity. Comodo is more affordable than other better known brands, while offering robust online security and strong privacy.

What is the difference between Multi Domain and Wildcard SSL Certificate?

Multi-Domain SSL certificates cover all manners of fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) including publicly accessible web addresses, private hostnames, IP addresses and more under a single certificate. If you have 2 or more unique Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN), you should be selecting a Multi-Domain Certificate.

Wildcard SSL certificates allow you to secure an unlimited number of subdomains (mail.domain.com, shop.domain.com, members.domain.com, test.domain.com, etc.) under a single certificate. If you have multiple different subdomains, you should be selecting a Wildcard Certificate, especially if you will continue to add subdomains over time.

In both of the above scenarios, we recommend choosing if you’re a customer facing business or organization and EV if your website is transactional.

What is the SSL certificate warranty for?

SSL certificates come with warranties to cover any damages that you may incur as a result of a data breach or hack that occurred due to a flaw or vulnerability in the certificate. The warranties range in value and scale up, higher value certificates having more comprehensive warranties.

How do I install my SSL certificate?

When you are ready to install your SSL certificate, you can follow our step-by-step SSL Installation Guide. Should you require assistance across any stage of the purchase, configuration, verification and installation, simply reach out to our customer Support team for personal assistance.

Will my SSL Certificate be compatible with all browsers?

Browser compatibility or browser ubiquity refers to how many browsers will recognize an SSL certificate and properly display its trust indicators. The higher the browser ubiquity of an SSL certificate, the more browsers that recognize and accept it. The major browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape, and AOL. All of the Certificate Authorities carried by Webnames have 99-99.9 % browser compatibility, with more premium certificates recognizing more browser versions, especially ones utilized by mobile devices.

How long will it take to issue my SSL Certificate?

Issuance time varies according to the validation level (DV, OV, or EV) and Certificate Authority you choose. For information about issuance timelines on all the SSL certificates carried by Webnames.ca, visit our Approval and Validation help documentation in our SSL Guide.

What is an SSL site seal and what do they look like?

A site seal is a visual indicator, specifically a static or dynamic image depending on your SSL certificate, that assures visitors that their connection is encrypted and it's safe to browse, share information or purchase on your website.

Static site seals are images and cannot be clicked on to reveal more information about the SSL certificate or organization behind the website. Dynamic site seals, in contrast, can be clicked or hovered over to see embedded information such as the organization name, date, and time stamp to show its validity. Dynamic Site Seals are typically associated with high-end offerings, like OV and EV certificates.

Static Site Seals
Sectigo site seal
Dynamic Site Seal
GeoTrust site seal

Site seals of SSL brands carried by Webnames.ca

RapidSSL
RapidSSL site seal
Static
Comodo SSL
Sectigo site seal
Static or dynamic
GeoTrust SSL
GeoTrust site seal
Dynamic
Symantec
Symantec site seal
Dynamic

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