SSL stands for secure standard layer. It provides an encrypted link between a web server and a web browser. It is a form of security for sites that handle sensitive information to create a secure connection between a web server and the visitor’s web browser.
An SSL Certificate ensures secure communications between a website and an internet browser using 256-bit encryption and 2048-bit root keys. 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.
Chose your preferred SSL certificate providerAn SSL Certificate is a bit of code on your Customer’s web server that secures online communications. SSL Certificates inspire trust, keep online interactions private and help customers gain the confidence to conduct transactions on a web site.
Types Of SSL Certificates
Instant Issuance SSL Certificates
These SSL certificates can be issued within 10 minutes. One simply confirms domain ownership through a validation email.
Fully Validated SSL Certificates
These are ideal for organisations. AS such, they serve to assure potential clients and partners that indeed an organisation actually exists on the ground and is legitimate. As such, they require documentation of their existence and registration by the relevant authority.
Wildcard SSL certification enables one secure all the sub-domains of a given domain within a single SSL certificate. As such Wildcard SSL certification is ideal for users who may require additional sub-domains essential to running their organisations. Examples include having a dedicated sales sub-domain for an organisation specialising in publishing.
Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates
EV SSL certificates calls for extensive checks, in the form of documentation, as to the legitimacy of the organisation and person requesting the same before they can be issued. Organisations issued with EV certification have their names highlighted in green on the address bar of search engines.
Multi-Domain (SAN/UC) SSL Certification:
Use of Multi-Domain (SAN/UC) SSL Certification allows one to register a host of domains and sub-domains in a single certificate. However, unlike Wildcard, it allows one to transcend different entities for example- .org for organisations; .co.ke for Kenyan companies when creating the sub-domains (e.g. https://sales.yourdomain.co.ke and https://sales.yourdomain.org ). This type of SSL certification is popular with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
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