Online Security

Before You Buy an SSL Certificate

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Category: Online Security , Securing Your Website

Your Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate is among the most important tools you have for protecting customers' sensitive data and assuring customers that your website is trustworthy and reputable and your business legitimate. So how do you buy an SSL Certificate?

Before you buy an SSL certificate, you must decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your business. Both Organizationally Validated (OV) SSL Certificates and Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates require the SSL certificate issuer to verify independently the information concerning the applicant's business. Introduced in early 2007, EV Certificates demand exactly what their name indicates: more extensive validation of the applicant's business credentials to help ensure that the applicant isn't a phisher, spoofer, or other type of online criminal. However, these EV Certificates are available to corporations, unincorporated associations, general partnerships, sole proprietors and government agencies.

In contrast to OV and EV Certificates, issuers of Domain Validated SSL Certificates verify only that the applicant who wishes to buy the SSL certificate is the registrant of the domain name with which the SSL Certificate will be associated.

All types of SSL certificates encrypt customer data when transmitted between the online business and customers' Web browsers.

When you apply to buy an SSL certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA) such as Network Solutions®, you will be asked to provide certain types of information about your business and your ownership of it. Depending upon the type of certificate you are seeking, this information required to buy an SSL certificate may include:

  • Dun & Bradstreet registration numbers
  • Proof of physical address via database listings
  • Opinion letter from legal counsel or public accountant
  • Other corporate, financial, and government documents such as Articles of Incorporation, bank accounts, and business licenses
  • Government-issued photo IDs

The CA will review and verify the accuracy of these documents. Depending on the type of SSL certificate, it may also perform additional checks before issuing the SSL Certificate. If the applicant's credentials can't be verified, then the CA will not allow the applicant to buy the SSL Certificate.

Due to the rigorous validation measures, issuing an OV SSL certificate generally takes 24 hours, although in some cases the process may take two or three days.

EV SSL Certificates require far more detailed documentation and validation procedures, which in turn take more time to verify before issuance. EV validation can take 5 to 10 business days to complete.

The Bottom Line: Network Solutions can provide the SSL Certificate that is appropriate for your business needs. To learn more about Network Solutions nsProtect™ Secure SSL Certificate services or to buy an SSL Certificate today, please visit our SSL Certificates Product Page.