Browsing a website that has an SSL certificate provides peace of mind to everyone. Its important to understand that any business website should have an SSL certificate installed so that users can share this peace of mind. When a company is selecting an SSL certificate its helpful to know the different types of certificates as well as the importance of having a reliable hosting company that can provide you with the certificate.
Domain Validated SSL Certificate
Domain Validated (DV SSL Certificates) do exactly what they are called; validate the company’s domain name. A DV SSL Certificate is most common when installing a certificate because it requires minimal information to activate.
Organization Validation SSL Certificate
Organization Validation (OV SSL Certificates) validate the domain as well as the organization that owns the domain. These certificates do require documentation in order to obtain a Certificate Authority. A Certificate Authority will certify that the organization is legitimate.
Extended Validation SSL Certificates
Similar to OV SSL, Extended Validation (EV SSL Certificates) still validate the company’s domain and do require documentation for a Certificate Authority to validate the organization. The additional documentation provides an extension to the certificate showing more information as to the organization’s ownership of the certificate.
Which SSL certificate is the right one for your business? All three certificates offer the same level of protection. The overall difference is the paper work that is required between the OV and EV SSL Certificates. There are also third-parties that may require a certain level of security depending on the business and information that is provided on the website.
Hosting, firewall and website security
In addition to SSL certificates, there are advancements in hosting, firewalls and handling data so that user information and website data are protected. A reliable hosting company will provide all the information necessary to keep a company’s information safe and their users safer. Most hosting companies provide a firewall as a line of defense for unwanted traffic. There are also best practices for handling sensitive data such as personal and financial information.