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What are SSL Certificates?

SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages.

Why Do I Need an SSL Certificate?

Data transferred in plain-text form or in non-encrypted format can be intercepted, eavesdropped, compromised and stolen. Transactions performed online may involve submitting personal information such as credit card information, social security numbers, usernames and passwords. Cybercriminals who intercept unencrypted communications will gain full access to this data and can use it for fraudulent purchases and activities.

Trust and security are what make people confident enough to provide private, sensitive information online. SSL certificates are what make a website trusted. Organizations must use an SSL certificate to secure their site if they wish to take online payments or expect their visitors to submit confidential information. Apart from building essential trust and security into your website, SSL certificates also help with SEO efforts now that Google is providing a rankings boost for pages that are served over https.

Our SSL Products: An Overview

InstantSSL offers a wide range of SSL certificates to suit a diverse range of business requirements and budgets. All InstantSSL SSL certificates are issued using the highest strength encryption algorithms and technologies and come with a great set of features and free services. Each certificate includes a free dynamic site seal, a large relying party warranty, 99.9% browser recognition, unlimited server licenses, 90 days free PCI scanning, 90 days free daily website scanning, unlimited re-issuance, 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 priority support. Here's a look at the different SSL certificates that we offer.

InstantSSL Certificate

InstantSSL certificates are designed to secure a single-domain with the highest available levels of encryption and are trusted by all major browsers. They feature full business validation, free TrustLogo site seal, unlimited server licenses, 24/7 support, up to $250,000 warranty, free website virus scanning, free PCI scanning and a cast iron 30-day money back guarantee.

  • Full business validated certificate
  • High strength 2048 bit digital signatures
  • Trusted by all major Browsers

Extended Validation Certificates (EV SSL)

EV SSL certificates provide the highest levels of encryption, security and trust. The green URL address bar reassures website visitors about the site's safety and boosts their confidence for carrying out online transactions. EV certificates have a $1,750,000 warranty and are validated to the rigorous guidelines set by the CA/B Forum. EV certificates are highly recommended for online businesses of all sizes.

  • Green address bar aids customer conversion
  • $1,750,000 warranty
  • Unlimited server licenses and Unlimited Reissuance

Wildcard Certificates

Wildcard SSL certificates allow web hosts and enterprises to secure unlimited sub-domains under a domain name through a single certificate. For example, a wildcard certificate for '*' could also be used to secure '', ', 'anything' etc. They provide a cost-effective alternative to separate certificate purchases and simplify management processes by reducing the number of certificates you need to track.

  • Secure unlimited sub-domains
  • Automatically secures any new sub-domains
  • Export to as many servers as you like

InstantSSL Certificates

InstantSSL certificates are domain validated certificates. They represent the fastest and least costly means of securing a website. Unlike Instant or EV certificates, Essential SSL certificates can be issued almost immediately because of their 100% online validation process.

  • Immediate 'No hassle' issuance
  • Lowest priced certificate
  • Free dynamic TrustLogo

Multi-Domain / SAN certificate

Multi-Domain SSL certificates allow you to secure up to 100 fully qualified domain names on a single certificate. This makes certificate management far easier as you need manage only one certificate. You'll also save money versus the price of individual certificates as additional domains are available. MDCs are available in both OV and EV variants.

  • Secure up to 100 domains on a single certificate
  • Save Money over individual certificate purchases
  • Only one certificate to manage for all your domains

Unified Communications Certificate (UCC)

Created with close co-operation with Microsoft, Unified Communications Certificates (UCC) are specifically designed to secure Microsoft Exchange and Office Communications server environments. Like Multi-Domain certificates, UCCs allow administrators to secure multiple FQDNs or sub-domains on a single certificate. UCCs also offer businesses substantial savings over single certificate purchases.

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server
  • Multiple domains and sub-domains