FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer, and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.
Why do I need an SSL certificate?
There are several reasons why nowadays you need to use an SSL certificate.
1. The most important reason is the trust of your website visitors. The green padlock of the certificate will show that the site is safe and validated. This is crucial for e-commerce websites or any other website where visitors leave their data, such their credit card data or name and surname.
2. The certificate will assure that all the data transferred from the website visitor`s computer, phone, or any other device will be encrypted. In the case of data leakage, they will stay safe as all the information will be encrypted.
3. On July of 2018, Google announced that all websites without a certificate will be marked as unsafe and untrustworthy. The Google ranking of such websites decreases significantly.
4. With SSL certificate, the URL of the website will be marked with a green padlock or additional company name record (depends on which certificate you will choose). This mark can be seen by the visitors immediately, so the validity of the domain can be rated instantly.
Mostly, you need to protect various website’s forms and features where visitors may be asked to provide sensitive information:
Credit card payment details
New website user registration data
Request form with contact details
Form to receive newsletters
Website search form
All this information may be intercepted by third parties if the site does not use the SSL certificate. To avoid this, we recommend that you do not hesitate to protect your site’s visitors by installing an SSL certificate.
What is Domain Validation SSL Certificate?
Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificates are the most basic of the three types of SSL/TLS certificates. While Organization Validated (OV) and Extended Validated (EV) require multiple steps in which the Certificate Authority vets the company or organization applying for the certificate, Domain Validation is just a single step. The Certificate Authority must simply verify that the person or organization applying for the certificate owns the registered domain.
What are the types of SSL certificates?
Different SSL Certificates are needed for a different type of websites. Again, SSL certificates are divided into two categories:
- Domain Validated SSL Certificates, which are good for a personal blog or content-based website which does not collect any sensitive information from the users.
- Organization Validated SSL Certificates, which are a good option for any website which shares any critical data
- Extended Validated SSL Certificate is an excellent choice for websites like shopping portal or banking, which deals with financial transactions and other sensitive information like credit card details.
- As the name implies, Single domain SSL/TLS Certificate is used for only one domain. It covers domain with “www” as well as non “www” prefix.
- Multi-Domain/ SAN SSL certificate also known as UCC (Unified Communications Certificate) which covers multiple domains with a single SSL certificate
- Wildcard SSL Certificate is good for the one who wants to cover one main domain with multiple sub-domains.
- Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificate is a combination of Wildcard SSL and Multi-domain SSL Certificate, which covers multiple domains with multiple sub-domains.