Different types of SSL Certificates for enhanced website security
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In this guide, we will look a little further into the various types of SSL certificates available, each offering distinct levels of certification and validation from Certificate Authorities (CAs).
SSL certificates (Secure Socket Layer) are digital certificates that authenticate a website’s identity and allow an encrypted connection between web browsers and servers. SSL certificates play a pivotal role in enhancing website security and credibility by helping to secure data exchanges and protecting sensitive information.
The different types of SSL Certificates:
The types of SSL Certificates most commonly known are: SSL Certificates are: DV SSL Certificates, OV SSL Certificates, EV SSL Certificates and Wildcard SSL Certificates.
Other lesser known SSL Certificate types, are; CS SSL Certificates, SAN SSL Certificates, SGC SSL Certificates and SS SSL Certificates.
Identifying an SSL Secured Website
You can easily identify a website that has an SSL certificate by going to your Internet browser’s search bar and looking for the padlock icon on the left hand side, and / or the “https://” acronym in the domain name URL. If the padlock icon doesn’t appear or is open or the domain name reads “http://” it means the site is not secure.
You can always view a site’s SSL Certificate by clicking on the padlock icon itself. The details of the SSL Certificate can help you verify the website’s identity, and dependent on the type of SSL Certificate, the owner’s details as well, thus ensuring that your connection and interaction with the website will be encrypted.