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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates

What is a digital certificate?

Digital certificates are online credentials that validate the certificate owner(s) and encrypt communications/data/software using public key infrastructure (PKI) and digital encryption keys.
Digital certificates, in a nutshell, safeguard websites, documents, emails, servers, and other assets from cybercriminals.

The Benefits of Using an SSL Certificate on Your Website

Advantage number one: Data Security

When a website visitor submits a contact form, completes a survey, or enters credit card information at a payment gateway, the information must be kept safe until it reaches your server. While in transit, the data is in an unencrypted format, leaving it subject to eavesdropping and data theft via session hijacking and man-in-the-middle attacks.

With an SSL Certificate set on your website, all data is delivered securely across a secure HTTPS channel, providing data encryption between your website's server and your visitors' browsers. Because of its scrambled nature, this material is safe from reading, interpretation, change, or theft. This ensures that your website visitors' data is protected while in transit.

Advantage number two: website identity verification.


An SSL certificate for a website can only be issued by a publicly trusted certificate authority (CA). Each website has its own public and private keys. In the SSL certificate, it is the CA's obligation to associate the proper public key with the correct hostname (the domain name of the website).

To determine if you own the domain for which you have applied for the certificate, the CA uses a stringent verification procedure defined by the CA/Browser Forum (CA/B Forum). The verification procedure for business-verified certificates is substantially more stringent.

In this method, the CA ensures that web traffic is sent to the proper website's server. All commercial CAs give a warranty. As a consequence, if something goes wrong with the certificate and your company suffers a financial loss as a result, the CA is obligated to compensate the victim up to the guaranteed amount.

Advantage number three: Visual Indicators

Most browsers will display an irritating "Not secure" sign in front of your website's domain name in the address bar if you do not have a valid SSL certificate or none at all. The warning will still appear if a person surfing your site clicks on the "canceled padlock" indication.

When you install a Valid SSL certificate on the server where the site is hosted, the "Not Secure" indicator is replaced with a padlock icon, indicating a secure connection.

In the case of an EV (extended validated), Certificate, your company's name will also show in the address bar.

Furthermore, all good business CAs offer free site seals, often known as trust seals. To get the most out of your seal, position it at the bottom of your website, on checkout pages, next to subscription tabs, or in any other strategic location. These little symbols indicate that a reliable CA is vouching for your site's information security by utilizing their secured SSL certificates:

Advantage number four: Customer Trust

Any internet business relies heavily on customer trust. These days, people are growing more digitally sophisticated. They examine new websites and abandon them appear to untrustworthy.

When your domain name has a "Not Secure" indication placed in front of it, people are more likely to quit and go to another, most likely your competitors' website. This will have an impact not just on your company's financial line, but also on its reputation.

An SSL certificate for your website is the only option to eliminate this type of warning and display the secure padlock symbol in front of your domain name. The padlock symbol and site seals are both visual cues of trust. 

Your clients will feel more confident and trusting of your site when they disclose financial information such as credit card details, bank account numbers, and personally-identifying information thanks to the site seals and security padlock (PII).

Advantage number fiveSEO Benefits

Google, like all search engines, wants to keep its users safe. As a result, Google has made HTTPS one of the factors in its ranking algorithm since 2014. If all of the elements are equal, the HTTPS-enabled website will be given a higher ranking in Google's search engine result pages (SERPs). A good SEO posture necessitates a significant amount of time and money.

However, if you fail to obtain an SSL certificate, your entire SEO strategy will be compromised.

SSL Variants

Single Domain SSL

  1. Domain Validation SSL - A basic SSL certificate that provides complete encryption.
  2. Company Validation/ Organization Validated SSL – Same as Domain Validation but with extra validation - Company Validation.
  3. EV (Extended Validation) SSL Certificate - Green bar with the strongest encryption.

Multiple Domain SSL (inclusive of subdomains)

  1. Wildcard SSL Certificate – Protects both Main domain and Subdomains. (A DV certificate for multiple domains)
  2. EV (Extended Validation) Multi-Domain SSL – Protects 3 Domains max. Including a green bar.
  3. UCC SSL Certificate - Protects 3 Domains max. Designed for Microsoft Exchange. Ideal  Exchange Server 2010 and Certificate for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 

DETAILS

1. Domain validated certificates include your domain name in the certificate (not your business or organization name). These Include: Domain Validation SSL, Wildcard SSL Certificate

2. In business/company validation certificates - Before granting the certificate, the certificate authority checks your domain name ownership and business registration details (you will be requested to submit a few papers).. Both of these items are listed on the certificate as well. Because it necessitates manual business validation. Company Validation SSL is one of them.

  • Ideal for business websites
  • Example site: https://www.xerox.com/

3. An EV certificate s designed to protect your consumers from phishing assaults and deliver the highest level of assurance. It necessitates further business validation and authorization to order the certificate (you will be required to present a few documents).

The owner of a website must pass a thorough and globally standardized identity verification process (a set of vetting principles and policies ratified by the CA/Browser forum) to prove exclusive rights to use a domain, confirm its legal, operational, and physical existence, and prove the entity has authorized the issuance of the certificate during the verification of an EV SSL Certificate. This verified identity information is included within the certificate. These include EV (Extended Validation) SSL Certificate and EV (Extended Validation) Multi-Domain SSL

  • Ideal for eCommerce, financial institutions, and common phishing targets

Subscription Options

  • FREE SSL - Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). 
  • SECTIGO SSL - Sectigo formerly Comodo SSL Certificate is the quickest and most cost-effective way for an online business to protect customer transactions. Apart from their low cost, each certificate also comes with a great value-add package, which makes them perfect for small to medium-size businesses.
  • GEOTRUST SSL - GeoTrust is an SSL/TLS Certificates provider and it is a trusted leader in the SSL industry. GeoTrust was founded in 1999 and restarted the company in 2001.



Name

Description

Cost

Domain Validation SSL

 

  • Single Domain
  • Domain Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 24hrs
  • May Help lift Google rankings

A basic SSL certificate that provides complete encryption for a very low price.

KES 4,999/annually

Wilcard SSL Certificate

 

 

  • Multiple Subdomains
  • Domain Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • May Help lift Google rankings

Streamline your process and manage your domain & subdomains with one SSL.

KES 11,999/annually

EV SSL Certificate

 

  • Single Domain
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Green Bar
  • May Help lift Google rankings

Green bar with the strongest encryption available so your site can be trusted

KES 23,999/annually

Company Validation SSL

 

  • Single Domain
  • Company Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 24hrs
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Complete SSL certificate with full encryption issued in moments at an affordable price.

KES 10,999/annually

EV Multi Domain SS
  • Protects 3 Domains
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Trusted by 99.9% of browsers
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Additional domains @12,000/=

 

Quick protection for 3 domains & the fewest validation steps. Including a green bar.

KES 40,999/annually

UCC SSL Certificate
  • Protects 3 domains
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Trusted by 99.9% of browsers
  • Designed for Microsoft Exchange
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Ideal Certificate for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010

KES 23,999/annually

Name

Description

Cost

Domain Validation SSL
  • Single Domain
  • Domain Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 24hrs
  • May Help lift Google ranking

A basic SSL certificate that provides complete encryption for a very low price.

KES 7,000/annually

Company Validation SSL
  • Single Domain
  • Company Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Complete SSL certificate with full encryption issued in moments at an affordable price.

KES 16,000/annually

EV SSL Certificate
  • Single Domain
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Green Bar
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Green bar with the strongest encryption available so your site can be trusted

 KES 27,000/annually

Wilcard SSL Certificate
  • Multiple Subdomains
  • Domain Validation
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Issuance: 2 - 24hrs
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Streamline your process and manage your domain & subdomains under the same SSL.

KES 17,000/annually

EV Multi Domain SSL
  • Protects 3 Domains
  • Boost customer confidence
  • Trusted by 99.9% of browsers
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Additional domains @12,000/=

 

Quick protection for 3 domains & the fewest validation steps. Including a green bar.

KES 47,999/annually

Wilcard Company Validation SSL
  • Protects 3 domains
  • Issuance: 2 - 5 days
  • Trusted by 99.9% of browsers
  • Designed for Microsoft Exchange
  • May Help lift Google rankings

 

Ideal Certificate for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010

KES 52,999/annually

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