Welcome back web hosters. Something that looks like it is yet to be mentioned is the different types of SSL certificates. We’ve of course talked about SSL in this post, but never what the difference is in the choice you make. That changes today! If you haven’t read the introductory SSL post, linked in this paragraph, I’d recommend it before diving into this one, as it will make understanding it much easier.
There are three types of SSL certificates, all of them provide the same baseline in securing data, but some have additional benefits. Those, of course, come with a price, but may be worth it to your business when it comes to making another sale. This post should not only help you identify which SSL certificate is right for your site, but also let you identify the type of SSL certificates used on any website as they are all the same!
Domain Validated Certificates (DV)
Domain validation is the most “basic” type of SSL certificate. It provides all of the security that the protocol does, but may not give your users and customers the same level of trust as other certificates. This is because it does not require any registration and can be applied to any website. More complicated certifications require other credentials and they are placed strategically to ensure consumer trust. These work great for sites that do not sell products or store sensitive data. If that is not the case, then you may want to look at the next certificate.
Organization Validated Certificates (OV)
OV certs are one of the kinds of certs, as mentioned above, that will aid in consumer trust. This isn’t just because a higher price is paid, the security is the same. The difference between the DV and the OV certificates is that an OV certificate will require a business to register their company details and even location. These certificates are verified and are not instantly obtained and are good confidence boosters.
Extended Validation Certificates (EV)
Extended validation certificates are the cream of the crop, so to speak, for the SSL certificate. These certs are the most comprehensive and offer further security to the former certificate types. Extended validation certificates are the hardest for a business to obtain, and are recommended when dealing with sensitive data. These certificates are easily identifiable. For example, the company ADP uses an EV for their website.
As you can see, it makes it easy to tell who is who and gives very high confidence to customers.
An SSL certificate is required these days. Which one you choose depends on your business model and the type of data that you could potentially be handling. This information should help you decide which is right for your business.