How To Secure Your Site with SSL Certificates – Types Explained
With the revolutionary growth of the internet, there has been a great increase in security threats & leaks on the web. The amount of data you use or save is what you risk on the web, it’s not a rocket science to crack a site or somehow infiltrate a website. This is where SSL certificates play a vital role in securing your site from such attacks & in future as well.
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What is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
SSL is a network protocol used to secure websites & servers throughout the web. It comes in a form of certificate which can be easily installed on the web server or domain, which helps in preventing & securing your site data. It basically merges itself between site data communication resulting in more secure & encrypted data to be sent & uploaded in & out of the server.
It doesn’t only secure your site but after installing it on your domain, it also improves site user experience and creates confidence for your users.
Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of SSL certificates, resulting in the expansion of SSL types assigned to the consumer. On a classification basis there are three types of SSL certificates (GlobalSign Verified) and here’s how you can identify them –
Domain Validation SSL Certificate (DV):
This SSL certificate can be issued to a user by simply verifying the domain ownership. There is no additional authority verification needed for this SSL certificate and it doesn’t show other vetted information included rather than the site seal. This simply works as a security gateway to the site other than that it doesn’t convey anything.
Organization Validation SSL Certificate (OV):
This SSL certificate is issued to an organization after validating the domain ownership & evaluating organization information. Additionally, it displays the verified information alongside the Secure site seal, improving the site user experience & trust by providing the organization behind the site.
Extended Validation SSL Certificate (EV):
An Extended Validation or EV SSL certificate is issued to an entity by validating domain ownership and a thorough evaluation of the organization/company behind. The processing behind this SSL certificate is a strictly defined guidance which is clearly mentioned in the EV guidelines, which specifies all the guidelines necessary before issuance of an SSL certificate. EV SSL certificates are used for all types of businesses, whether it’s a private company or an accredited government organization. This evaluation cycle is repeated every year in order to verify the status of the organization. This SSL certificate shows the most trusted secured seal and a verified organization tick followed by the entity information within the address bar.
SSL or Secure Sockets Layer, in order to make it work you must have a domain. The domain host provides with a special key, called CSR (Certificate Signing Request). The CSR is used for integrating SSL certificate to your domain and is a gateway to verify the domain ownership & access. After confirming with the CSR key your SSL certificate is installed on your domain server and starts encrypting your data.
To ensure that your site is secured & that the SSL is installed, you can simply check the site url in the address bar of the browser which will turn from http to https followed by your site url. Some browsers also indicate it visually by showing green authenticated mark in the site address bar yet this may vary with the browser you’re using. The best of all it’ll work with no any additional technical guidance or errors and will remain intact until its expiry.