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Nowadays it’s important that organizations and businesses do all that they can to protect their users’ personal data, credit card details, and other sensitive information processed on their website. When buying a domain for your website, you’ll be provided with an option to buy an SSL certificate, so you might wonder what that is.

To address this possible concern, we briefly discuss 2 types of the different SSL certificates available out there. But first, let’s start with the meaning of the term.

What is an SSL Certificate? 

Installed on a website’s origin server, SSL/TLS is an internet protocol containing the website’s public key, identity, and more for encrypting and decrypting data sent over the internet.

Forget about the grammar and see how to tell if a website has a SSL certificate installed. Check if the URL begins with HTTPS not HTTP. The HTTP having S means the site is secured with a TLS/SSL protocol. A secured domain will also have a padlock icon

displayed right next to the address in a web browser.


Domain validated certificates

A domain validation certificate is the common option of all available SSL types. It shows that a domain name is registered and a site administrator has proven ownership of the site whether by a phone verification or a piece of code placed in the public Webroot of the domain. This is the type of certificate you’ll find on regular secure websites.

While this type of certificate is good for protecting customer’s sensitive data from hackers, its downside is that literally anyone who has a domain name can register and get it. So it’s not always easy to tell if a fraudulent person is running a site.


Extended Validation Certificates

A website carrying an extended validation certificate not only has a padlock icon and HTTPS connection, but it also carries the name of the business the certificate is issued to.

This is a more secure option as businesses that request for this must go through an identity verification that requires documentation to confirm they are the legal owner of the domain. It’s a lot harder or even impossible for fraudsters to get this type of certificate. 

An example of a website with this type of certificate is PayPal. 

Conclusion

Even if you can’t get the most trusted SSL/TLS certificate, buy a domain-validated SSL certificate to get an HTTPS connection protecting your website and customers. And come to think of it, modern internet users are now woke and not going to trust a website lacking an HTTPS connection. So be sure to have one installed.

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