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Differences and similarities between paid SSL certificates

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If you want to purchase an SSL certificate, but don't know which one best suits your website, we will present you a detailed comparison between SSL certificates offered by ROMARG in order to make the right choice.

SSL certificate categories

- Domain Validation;
- Organization Validation;
- Extended Validation;
- Wildcard.


Domain validation

The issuing process of a domain validation certificate is simpler and faster compared to the categories aforementioned.

General characteristics:

- apliccant: natural or legal person;
- issuance time: 3 - 10 minutes;
- secures: domain or subdomain;
- issued fordomain-example.com and www.domain-example.com;
-  warranty for fraud situations: 10,000 - 500,000 USD;
-  certificate authorities: Comodo, Rapid SSL, GeoTrust;
- recommended for: business websites, personal blogs.

This type of certificate testifies that the applicant is the owner of the domain. For this reason, this type of certificate is recommended only for businesses and blogs, encrypting visitors' sensitive data (email addresses, contact info, etc.).

Issuing authorities conduct advanced verifications for certificates from organization validation and extended validation.

By installing this type of certificate a lock will appear in front of the URL in the address bar.

Organization Validation

The issuing process of an organization validation certificate can take up to a few days.

General characteristics:

- apliccantlegal person;
- issuance time: 1 - 3 business days;
- secures: domain or subdomain;
- issued fordomain-example.com and www.domain-example.com;
- warranty for fraud situations: 50,000 - 1,250,000 USD;
- certificate authorities: Comodo, GeoTrust, Thawte;
- recommended for: business websites, online stores.

This type of certificate testifies that the legal person who applied for the SSL certificate is the owner of the domain.

The issuing authorities advanced verifications over the organization's documents.

By installing this type of certificate a lock will appear in front of the URL in the address bar.


Extended Validation

The issuing process of an extended validation certificate is complex and it can take up to a few days.

General characteristics:

-  apliccant: legal person;
-  issuance time: 1 - 10 business days;
- secures: domain or subdomain;
- issued fordomain-example.com and www.domain-example.com;
- warranty for fraud situations: 1,500,000 - 1,750,000 USD;
- certificate authorities: Comodo, GeoTrust, Thawte;
- recommended for: business websites, online stores.

This type of certificate inspires the highest level of trust due to the fact that, besides showing a lock in front of the URL, the address bar is green in some browsers, giving users confirmation that they are in the right place. There is also displayed the organization's name, proving the authenticity of the website.

Issuing authorities conduct advanced verifications on organizations applying for extended validation certificates.


Wildcard

The issuing process of a wildcard validation certificate is easier compared to the categories aforementioned. Unlike other types of certificates, the wildcard certificate can secure both domain and subdomains.

For example, if you manage an online store and you set a separate page for payments on payments.demo-online-store.com, a wildcard certificate will allow you to secure both online-store.com and payments.demo-online-store.com, without having to purchase individual certificates for each one. It applies to all subdomains attached to the domain (for example sales.online-store.com, register.demo-online-store.com, clients.demo-online-store.com, etc.)

General characteristics:

-  apliccant natural or legal person;
-  issuance time: 3 - 8 minutes;
- issued fordomain-example.com and www.domain-example.com;
- poate securiza: domeniu and subdomain(s);
- warranty for fraud situations: 5,000 - 500,000 USD;
- certificate authorities: Comodo, RapidSSL, Thawte;
-  recommended for:  business websites, online stores.

This type of certificate testifies that the applicant is the owner of the domain.

Which are the main differences between SSL certificates from the same category?

You will notice that there are some differences regarding:

- issuing time;
- warranty offered in case of fraud.

The costs differ from one certificate to another depending on the certificate authority.

Which are the similarities between SSL certificates from the same category?

Regardless of the type of certificate you purchase, you will have the possibility to use a security seal provided by the certificate authority. You will be able to download a specific seal and install it on your website to increase the trust of visitors.

You will receive all the necessary information from the authority after the SSL certificate is issued. Below there are some seals presented:

Any one of them guarantees that you will have a lock displayed in front of the URL, the secure HTTPS connection, and encrypted data transfer between the browser and the server hosting the website.

Another common feature of SSL certificates is that any person can ask for financial compensations from the certificate authority in case he/she can prove that they lost money on a fraudulent website with a valid SSL certificate.

Also, each and every SSL certificate secures both domain-example.com and www.domain-example.com.

If you experience any issues or for any additional questions you can always contact us at support@romarg.com.

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