Web browsers only show the secure indicators for SSL Certificates signed by a trusted CA, like SafeSSL. To become a trusted CA, a company must comply with and perform regular audits for the security and authentication process standards established by the leading browsers. When a trusted CA issues a certificate to an organization the browser will recognize the certificate as legitimate The browser lets the user know that the website is secure, and the user can feel safe browsing the site and even entering their confidential information.
SSL Certificates serve as credentials to authenticate the legitimacy of a website. Certificates are issued to a specific domain and web server after a Certificate Authority performs a strict vetting process on the organization requesting the certificate. Once issued the certificate provides information about the identity of a business or website and authenticates that the website they are on is a legitimate business and any information submitted will be secured.
When SSL is installed on a web server, it enables the padlock to appear in the web browser and activates the HTTPS protocol to secure the connection between the web server to a browser. It does this by using encryption algorithms to scramble the data in transit into an undecipherable format that can only be read with the proper decryption key.
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DV certificates provide the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to receive industry-standard encryption. These certificates require proof of ownership for the domain being secured and can be issued within minutes. Once installed the DV certificates show trust indicators in browsers like the padlock icon and enables HTTPS. Since the legitimacy of the organization isn’t vetted, DV certificates are only ideal for internal sites, test servers and test domains.DV certificates provide the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to receive industry-standard encryption. These certificates require proof of ownership for the domain being secured and can be issued within minutes. Once installed the DV certificates show trust indicators in browsers like the padlock icon and enables HTTPS. Since the legitimacy of the organization isn’t vetted, DV certificates are only ideal for internal sites, test servers and test domains.
OV certificates are a level above DV. To receive OV certificates, it’s a must that the organizations prove they own the domain they wish to secure and that they are a legally registered business. It verifies the authenticity of the organization and its legitimacy which adds an additional layer of trust. OV certificates also provide a dynamic site seal which displays the validated company information to a site visitor, along with the HTTPS and the padlock icon. These certificates can only be issued to a registered organization but not individuals which makes it more suitable for public-facing websites.
EV certificates are the highest form of SSL Certificate in the market and of industry standards for business websites. In addition to the trust indicators provided by DV and OV certificates, EV certificates activate the green address bar in web browsers, the most recognized symbol of a secured website security that earns consumer trust. When a website is enabled with the green bar it is instantly recognized as a legitimate site and safe to submit confidential data, such as credit card or customer login details. To receive an EV certificate customers must complete the same level of authentication for an OV certificate but also go through a stricter vetting process performed by a specialist. Because of the additional validation requirements, EV certificates typically take 1-5 days to be issued, however by opting for a higher value EV certificate is more organizations are benefiting with a trusted website that leads to consumer confidence and more online conversions.