What is an SSL / TLS certificate?
Much like a driver's license tells other people that someone else has verified your identity, an SSL / TLS certificate identifies to a web site visitor that your site is authentic. Further, it facilitates use of the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and/or TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol to encrypt (secure) your data while in transit between the server and the client.
What types of SSL / TLS certificates are available?
We offer a wide range of SSL / TLS certificates with full compatibility with all modern mobile and desktop systems, including the near instant issuance domain validation (DV) certificates, extra trust oriented organization validation (OV) certificates, and the highest trust full organizational "extra validation" (EV or green URL bar) certificates. Wild card certificates for multiple host names within a single domain name are also available, i.e. *.yourdomain.com. All domain and organization verification is done by a trusted third party and the completed certificate is accepted without warning by all modern web browsers.
Green URL bar, maximum trust.$200/year Issuance: within 2 days Validity: up to 2 years Site Seal: Dynamic Warranty: $250K
Extra trust oriented features.$75/year Issuance: within 2 days Validity: Up to 2 years Site Seal: Dynamic Warranty: $50K
Low cost option, full compatibility.$50/year Issuance: within 2 hours Validity: Up to 2 years Site Seal: None Warranty: $10K
Extra trust, multiple subdomains.$425/year Issuance: within 2 days Validity: up to 2 years Site Seal: Dynamic Warranty: $250K
Economical multiple subdomains.$185/year Issuance: within 2 days Validity: up to 2 years Site Seal: None Warranty: $10K
Free and easy for simple sites.Free Issuance: 1 to 24 hours Validity: 3 months Site Seal: None Warranty: None
What about free self-signed SSL / TLS certificates?
While you can get SSL / TLS certificates that have not had a third party verify the web site is authentic (self-signed certificates) and they will enable the data encryption of SSL or TLS, they will generate a warning in the web browsers of every site visitor until that visitor creates a security "exception" in their browser for the unverified certificate. Such warnings can cause distrust of your site, especially if it involves exchanging personal or financial information. They also will not work with mobile applications. At a minimum, we recommend that you get a domain validation certificate instead to ensure compatibility and avoid distrust of your site.