SSL certificates increase the level of trust that your customers and partners place in your company’s website or web applications. A trusted CA such as SwissSign certifies the authenticity of your website by conducting a reliable check of your domain and other company information. In doing so, it ensures that you are also trusted by operating systems and browsers.
SSL certificates guarantee your customers and partners both privacy and data protection by allowing for secure encrypted access. SSL certificates offer protection against phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks. They also increase the visibility of your website, as the Google ranking rates websites with SSL/TLS encryption much higher than websites without SSL.
The primary question when selecting the right certificate is the level of trust that the website or web application should provide the visitor. The higher the level of trust and security required, the more detailed the process for the verification of the owner’s identity and the information subsequently provided in the certificate.
A differentiation is made between three main certificate types for the identification check:
The domain-validated (DV) certificate: BLUE SSL DV certificate
With this certificate, the domain is validated, i.e. it is checked whether this URL (www.example.ch) exists. The validation process is performed on an automated basis via e-mail and has the advantage that the check takes place within a matter of seconds. This certificate protects visitors using so-called session encryption and does not contain any information on the operator of the respective site/application.
The organisation-validated (OV) certificate: BLUE SSL OV certificate
With this certificate type, the organisation, i.e. the company operating the site or application, is validated. Official entries are checked and confirmation is provided that the indicated organisation also actually exists. This information is indicated in the certificate and further confirms that this organisation is also the legally legitimate user.
The extended-validation (EV) certificate: BLUE SSL EV certificate
This certificate type involves a validation process performed in accordance with the strict, internationally governed EV Guidelines of the CA/Browser Forum. All browsers display EV certificates using a green bar, meaning that the respective website or web application enjoys the highest level of trust upon being visited or used. The validation process includes the legal and operational check, verification of the company’s existence, a comparison with the applicant’s official details, authorisation of the certificate requester and the authentication of the domain ownership rights.
BLUE SSL DV
BLUE SSL OV
BLUE SSL EV
BLUE SSL WILDCARD DV
BLUE SSL WILDCARD OV
|Blogs, social network websites, personal websites||Enterprise Website||E-commerce, Finantial Institutions||Blogs, social network websites, personal websites||Enterprise Website|
|1 or 2 years||1 or 2 years||1 or 2 years||1 or 2 years||1 or 2 years|
|10 000 €||100 000 €||100 000 €||10 000 €||100 000 €|
|2048 bits asymetric, symetric 256 bits, SHA-2 hash 256 bits||2048 bits assymetric, symetric 256 bits, SHA-2 hash 256 bits||2048 bits assymetric, symetric 256 bits, SHA-2 hash 256 bits||2048 bits asymetric, symetric 256 bits, SHA-2 hash 256 bits||2048 bits assymetric, symetric 256 bits, SHA-2 hash 256 bits|
|seconds/ minutes||1-2 utility days||3-4 utility days||seconds/ minutes||1-2 utility days|