Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Alternatives to Wildcard SSL

When browsing the Internet, you may notice that some websites include a padlock next to the URL. This signifies that that website is secured by an SSL certificate, which is short for "Secure Socket Layer." The certificates are used by website developers to encrypt data transmitted on websites. For example, you should be using a SSL Certificate if you will receive customer's credit card or other sensitive information on your website. There are several alternatives to Wildcard SSL.

  1. GoDaddy SSL Certificates

    • GoDaddy offers standard and premium SSL certificates that are used to secure websites. According to the site's description of the two options, the standard certificate validates domain ownership, and secures the site "within minutes." Unlike the premium version, the standard version does not offer a green address bar, which alerts visitors that the site is secure. However, it does offer the padlock icon for covered domains.

    Symantec SSL Certificates

    • Symantec offers more than 70 percent of the SSL certificates on the world's top 1,000 domains. Symentac's offers SSL certificates through its VeriSign service. It also includes daily malware scanning, ensuring that visitors machines will not be infected by visiting your site. Finally, the VeriSign SSL certificates offers the green address bar and the padlock.


    • GeoTrust is another option for SSL certificates. The website lists six different SSL certificate options. They are the True BusinessID, True Business ID with EV SSL, True BusinessID Wildcard, UC/SAN and GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium. Each certificate option offers varied features. For example, the True BusinessID certificate offers full authentication and a GeoTrust site seal, while the True BusinessID with Extended Validation offers the same features with an extended warranty.

    Network Solutions

    • Network Solutions also offers five different SSL certificate options: Limited Verification, Basic and Advanced Business/Organization Verification, along with Wildcard SSL Certificate and Extended Verification. The major differences between these are the degree of warranty for each package, along with the difference in organization sizes. For example, large organizations may prefer the "Wildcard" or the "Extended Verification," which both include a larger warranty than the smaller packages. Each also offers the browser padlock and a site seal.


ssl certificates said...

Thanks for the list, I have been trying to setup multiple SSL certs over one network port. In order to have multiple websites on one server, i was told only wildcard SSL will do this is that true? and also are geotrust quickSSL premiums wildcard ssl?

Asthlon said...

Yes, This is true you can do this by wildcard SSL Certificate. And With GeTrust QuickSSL Premium but You can Do with GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard SSL Certificate.

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