SSL GUIDE: CHOOSE AN SSL CERTIFICATE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR COMPANY
You will want to choose an SSL certificate that covers your needs for security. Additionally, you need to decide what type of setup you want.
None of these choices are insurmountable. In this article we will guide you through the process.
STEP 1: CHOOSE SECURITY LEVEL
TRUSTZONE offers SSL certificates at three different security levels. The certificates protect the users of your website in different ways.
When choosing which certificate to use, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- How important is your company’s brand online?
- How beneficial is it for your company to signal a very high level of security to users of your website?
The EV SSL certificate provides the highest level of encrypted security
An EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificate can only be issued after a trusted third party such as TRUSTZONE has completed a thorough validation of your company's irrefutable ownership of the website in question.
The browser’s address bar makes it easy to see if your website is using an EV SSL certificate. The green padlock, in combination with the company’s name, states that the customer / user can be 100% sure that the website belongs to your brand, and that maximum security measures are taken for the website journey.
Company validation provides security for Business SSL / Wildcard certificates
The Business SSL certificate (Organisation Validated) includes a validation process, in which the bond between your business and website is confirmed.
The validation is thorough and effective, though not as in-depth as for the EV certificate.
In a Business SSL certificate, an internet user will be able to acknowledge the connection between the website and a company by clicking on the green padlock in the browser’s address bar or the text next to it, which says ‘Secure’. In a few additional clicks, you will find out about the validity of the certificate, ownership etc.
When we move on to the Business SSL Wildcard Certificate, we find the same validation process. The difference is that the certificate is not only valid for a single domain. It is valid for any subdomains, which a root domain might have attached - for example:
THE EXPRESS SSL CERTIFICATE GUARANTEES ENCRYPTION
Like the other certificates, the Express SSL certificate (Domain Validated) encrypts all information sent between the user’s web browser and the server hosting a given website. This provides the people using the website with basic security.
With the Express SSL certificate you exhibid administrative control of your domain to users. It will be enough to give you the green padlock in the adress bar, but it will only be able to assure the user, that you (whoever you are) have access to domain and server settings.
At the same time, you guarantee of course that the connection between the user’s browser and the server that hosts the website is encrypted. That means that nobody will be able to spy on users who access the website. Nobody will be able to steal data that users produce while accessing the website (for example, credit card details) via the so-called 'Man in the Middle attacts'.
However, an increasing frequency of especially phishing attacks makes it necessary for most commercial operators to let users and customers know for sure that:
- You are on the right website.
- It's safe to use your credit card here.
- Sensitive data you provide will not end up in the hands of hustlers!
Unfortunately, this kind of transparency is only possible by the use of a Business SSL or EV SSL certificate.
STEP 2: SELECT THE TYPE OF SSL CERTIFICATE
Different server configurations require different SSL solutions. When choosing your certificate, you should take into account server configuration for the required security level and the number and types of domains you need to secure.
When an SSL certificate supports different domains, the certificate is referred to as a SAN (Subject Alternative Name) Certificate. It means that you can secure all your domains via a single SAN certificate.
Covering multiple domains with a single certificate has distinct advantages.
- It is cheaper than buying a certificate for each domain.
- It will be easier to manage security across multiple domains. When a single certificate covers the root and all sub domains, there is only one certificate to renew at a time.
BECOME A TRUSTZONE CUSTOMER
Being a TRUSTZONE customer provides you with a number of benefits. In combination, they make it easier and cheaper to buy your SSL certificates from us.
TRUSTZONE is successful in the Scandinavian market, because we provide an all inclusive service.
1. INSTANT SUPPORT IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE
We provide free telephone support in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English from the advisory stage, when we help you decide which certificates best suit your company - right until the certificates are installed and working as intended.
Our support is not based on a ticket system, in which you're often just a number in a queue. You as the customer have the control. TRUSTZONE is here whenever you need us. Just call us during office hours - and you will always get in touch with one of our experts.
2. EASY PAYMENT & NO ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE
What you see, is what you get! All support and service are included in the price of your certificate. In other words, you are totally spared hidden additional costs: for example, for consultancy assistance when installing or renewing certificates.
Unlike other SSL providers, TRUSTZONE uses invoice payment instead of relying on payment via credit card. We're all about making things easy for you. You do not need to use some company’s credit card, that you may not have access to at the moment.
3. TRUSTZONE REFUNDS 90 DAYS’ REMAINING TIME
Switch to TRUSTZONE from our existing SSL provider and we will give a full 90 days refund of the time remaining on your old certificate. You can have your new certificate activated from day one after our validation is completed.
4. ORDER, RENEW AND MANAGE YOUR CERTIFICATE
The TRUSTZONE Customer Portal makes it easy and fast for you to find info about the certificates you are already using. Create an account and order, renew and manage your certificates. Remember, you can always call TRUSTZONE, should you have any doubts.
5. A 100% SCALABLE SOLUTION
TRUSTZONE’s solution is the most flexible on the market. We will treat you well, no matter how many or few certificates you own. In addition, you will be able to easily scale your solution via the TRUSTZONE Customer Portal.
ORDER NOW OR FIND OUT MORE
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Do you have any questions?
Don’t hesitate to call us. We always have an expert at hand to help you in your native language.