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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 cyber criminals.

The Benefits of Using an SSL Certificate on Your Website

Advantage 1: Data Security

When a website visitor fills out a contact form, participates in a survey, or enters credit card information at a payment gateway, the information must be kept secure until it reaches your server. The data is in plaintext format while in transit, making it vulnerable to eavesdropping and data theft via session hijacking and man-in-the-middle attacks.

When you install an SSL certificate on your website, all data is transmitted over a secure HTTPS channel, which enables data encryption between your website's server and the browsers of your website visitors. While the encrypted data is in transit, no one can read, interpret, modify, or steal it. That is how you can ensure the data of your customers is secure.

Advantage 2: Website Identity Verification

Only publically trusted certificate authorities can issue an SSL certificate for a website (CA). Every site has its own public key and private key. It is the CA's responsibility to associate the correct public key with the correct hostname (the domain name of the website) in the SSL certificate.

The CA follows a strict verification process established by the CA/Browser Forum (CA/B Forum) to ascertain whether you hold the domain for which you have applied for the certificate. For business-verified certifications, the verification process is much more rigorous.

The CA ensures that web traffic is routed to the correct website's server in this way. A warranty is provided by all commercial CAs. As a result, if something goes wrong with the certificate and your organization suffers a financial loss as a result, the CA is responsible for compensating the victim up to the warranty amount.

Advantage 3: Visual Indicators

All browsers will display a pesky “Not Secure” sign in front of your domain name in the address bar if you do not have an SSL certificate. This means that if someone clicks on such a sign, the following warning will appear:

When you install an SSL certificate on your server, the “Not Secure” sign is removed and a padlock symbol, indicating a secure connection, is displayed in front of your domain name:

If you have an extended validated (EV) SSL certificate, your company's legal name will be displayed in the address bar as well:

Furthermore, all reputable commercial CAs include free site seals, also known as trust seals, with their SSL certificates. To get the most out of your seal, put it in the footer of your website, on check-out pages, near subscription tabs, or any other important places.These small images indicate that a reliable CA is vouching for the data security of your website with their secured SSL certificates:

Advantage 4: 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 if they do not appear to be trustworthy.

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 affect not just your company's bottom line, but also 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 5: SEO Benefits

Google, like all search engines, wants to keep their 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 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 - Ideal Certificate for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010. Protects 3 Domains max. Designed for Microsoft Exchange

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, 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 SSL industry. The GeoTrust was founded in 1999 and restarted 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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