Knowing which types of SSL Certificates there are and which one to buy means the difference between approximately $50 dollars and several hunderd to several thousand dollars. The Turn Group offers one of each of the SSL Certificates listed below.
Domain Validated SSL (DV) Certificate
This certificate is the most commonly purchased certificate. It is used on websites that offers check out services on products and services/credit card processing or for forum, signup forms or secure site logins. This SSL Certificate is the cheapest to purchase and is issued immediately. This certificate validates the domain only and provides either a 128 or 256 bit encrypted two way communication between the website/server you are accessing and your browser. This certificates provides you a static site seal that you can use on your website. It does not provide dynamic site verification when clicked on.
Approximate Cost: $50-$125
Site Seal: Generally static
Protection Insurance: $10,000 to $50,000
Used For: Providing secure transmission between the users browser and your website. Most commonly used for credit card processing, to secure website logins or trasmission of personal information across the internet.
Domain Validated SSL (DV) Mobile/Table Compatible Certificate
This SSL Certificate is the same as the above mentioned SSL with the added bonus of allowing for secure and encrypted transmission between your mobile phone and tablet and the website you are browsing. Not all (DV) SSL Certificates offer mobile and table support. It is important that you check for this type of compatibility before you purchase the certificate.
Approximate Cost: $75-$180
Site Seal: Generally static
Protection Insurance: $10,000 to $500,000
Used For: Providing secure transmission between the users browser, mobile phone or tablet and your website. Most commonly used for credit card processing, to secure website logins or trasmission of personal information across the internet.
Organization Validated SSL (OV) Certificate
When security is important to you and you want your customers to really understand that when accessing your website their information is secure, this certificate adds a couple of little extra aspects to the browsing experience. For starters, when your customers click on the browser lock icon that shows on your secured pages; when clicked your company information is displayed. This tells them that your company is who you say you are.
This type of SSL Certificate also provides a dynamic site seal for placement on your website but takes a few days for certificate issuance. When clicked, your site users can see that you have an active and validated security certificate. Though this certificate costs more than a (DV) SSL, the liability coverage protection generally increases as well. To top it off, this SSL generally supports mobile and tablet devices.
The (OV) Certificate validates not only your domain but your business information so it will take a few days for issuance. You will have to provide documentation to show business ownership.
Approximate Cost: $100-$1000
Site Seal: Dynamic
Protection Insurance: $10,000 to $50,000
Used For: Providing validated secure transmission between the users browser, mobile phone or tablet and your website. Most commonly used for credit card processing, to secure website logins or trasmission of personal information across the internet.
Extended Validated SSL (EV) Certificate
When visial assurance for your customers is important, this SSL certificate is the way to go. Not only does it provide all of the attributes of the (OV and DV) SSL Certificates, you get the added bonus of your users browser url bar changing to the color green. Depending on their browser, the entire bar may turn green or to the left of the url, the company name and browser lock icon will be green. Eitherway, your visitors will instantly know your website is secured with the highest level of protection.
Approximate Cost: $200-$5000
Site Seal: Dynamic
Protection Insurance: $500,000 to multi millions
Used For: Providing visually secure transmission between the users browser, mobile phone or tablet and your website. Most commonly used for credit card processing, to secure website logins or trasmission of personal information across the internet.
It is important to note that just because a well known name brand SSL Certificate provider offers SSL Certificates does not mean that they are necessarily better than purchasing an SSL Certificate from a less known company for a fraction of the price. Like any name brand, you more often than not pay more for the name than you do the quality. Click here to learn how SSL Certificates work at their basic functional level.
There are 3 types of SSL Certificates that you can purchase. Domain Validation (DV), Organization Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV). Each has their own purpose and business use. As the need for security and trust increases in a world where privacy breeches become more common place, ways to show consumers their information is safe becomes an absolute must.
Domain Validation (DV)
The most common type of SSL Certificate in use on most websites today is the Domain SSL. This type of SSL is fully supported in all browsers but not necessarily supported on mobile and tablet devices. As the mobile and tablet industry start to dominate how we access the internet, DV SSL providers are now offering DV SSL Certificates that also support these platforms. The Domain SSL has an advantage of being issued almost immediately without any type of verification. This makes getting your website secure a snap.
What does a website with a Domain SSL look like? How do I know what SSL is being used?
The standard unsecured website starts with http:// and is accessed from your browser on port 80. The secured website uses https:// on port 443 (the letter "s" is added) to show that you have accessed a secured website. In the image below, we have accessed part of our website that is secured using the Firefox browser to show you what a Domain SSL secured website looks like.
Organization Validation (OV)
Organization Validation vets the company and its information before issuing the SSL Certificate. Not only does this SSL Certificate show the browser lock icon as well as changing the websites protocol to https; when you click on the browser lock icon you will see the company name/organization validated by the issuer providing even more assuring to the end user that the company is indeed legitimate.
This certificate should come with a dynamic site seal that when posted on your website and clicked, a popup window will show the validated companies information.
Extended Validation (EV)
When it comes to the top of the line SSL Certificates, you do not get much better than the Extended Validation SSL Certificate. As with the above mentioned SSL's, your website protocol is changed to https automatically. Your lock icon shows up and when clicked shows your company validated information. Your browser url bar will either turn green (depending on upon the browser you use) or your company name in green with a green lock appears. For customers who wish to showcase the highest level of authenticity and security, the ExtendedSSL is the ideal certificate.
The easiest explanation for how an SSL Certificate works is that it safeguards transmitted data between a web-browser and the server the website sits on with guaranteed encryption for easy, safe and reliable browsing and internet shopping. When a customer enters a secured area, they can confidently enter login details, credit card information or other private information into the website without having to worry about the data submitted being hijacked by a hacker or other 3rd party.
Servers and browsers communicate with each other and serve information back and forth. Your browser requests a website to be displayed and the server responds with the browser request. Generally, when a browser (such as IE, Firefox, Google Crome etc) requests a server to display a website it does so over an unsecured http:// port 80.
When you purchase and install an SSL Certificate on the server, the communication between the server and the browser becomes encrypted via a negotiated handshake process using the familiar https:// on the secured port 443. The encrypted SSL handshake between browser and server happens discreetly behind the scenes without any type of interruption to the overall user experience. Depending on the various types of SSL Certificates implemented on purchase will determine the SSL indicators that show up in the browser.
Technically put, an SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) is a small data file (stored on the server where the website resides) that digitally binds a cryptographic key to a domain name or organizations details. Depending on the various types of SSL Certificates, determines what happens when accessing a website.
Simply put, an SSL Security Certificate is a means to encrypt and secure private data transmission between a website and its database and or a 3rd party website - credit card processor were information is transferred from one website to another over the internet.