SSL Certificates to Meet Any Need
Learn how SSL secures online connections and protects sensitive data.
What is an SSL Certificate?
Digital certificates serve as the backbone of internet security.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, sometimes called digital certificates, are used to establish an encrypted connection between a browser or user's computer and a server or website. The SSL connection protects sensitive data, such as credit card information, exchanged during each visit, which is called a session, from being intercepted from non-authorized parties.
Creating a Secure Connection
SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted
link—here’s how it works.
Invisible to the end-user, a process called the “SSL handshake” creates a secure connection between a web server and a browser. Three keys are used to create a symmetric session key, which is then used to encrypt all in-transit data.
link—here’s how it works.
- Server sends a copy of its asymmetric public key to browser.
- Browser creates a symmetric session key and encrypts it with the server’s asymmetric public key then sends it to the server.
- Server decrypts the encrypted session key using its asymmetric private key to get the symmetric session key.
- Server and browser now encrypt and decrypt all transmitted data with the symmetric session key. This allows for a secure channel because only the browser and the server know the symmetric session key, and the session key is only used for that specific session. If the browser was to connect to the same server the next day, a new session key would be created.
Why You Should Use a Digital Certificate
Establish trust and online security for your website visitors and business.
Priority + Performance
DigiCert Secure Site combines the best of everything DigiCert has to offer: award-winning support, un-matched consumer recognition of the Norton seal, our CertCentral management platform, and a suite of certificates to meet every need.
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Priority support and validation
Certificate lifetimes are changing
The TLS/SSL industry is moving away from two-year certificates by the end of August. Customers who aren’t yet validated must order by August 13th to guarantee issuance. Pre-validated customers may place new orders until August 27th. In other words, if you want a two-year certificate, now is the time.
Why Choose DigiCert?
Award-Winning Customer Support
Our experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you won't wait for issuance or for help at any stage of certificate management.
Cost and Convenience
Many Certificate Authorities only allow free reissues up to 30 days after purchase. DigiCert allows free reissues on unlimited servers for the life of your certificate.
Universal Device and Browser Compatibility
Thanks to one of the oldest root certificates in the industry, DigiCert SSL certificates are trusted by all major browsers, mail systems, operating systems, and mobile devices.
Fastest Issuance and Load Times
Our validation experts issue your certificate within a few hours and DigiCert OCSP times are up to 8x faster than competitors, making for the fastest SSL in the industry.
Access to Free Tools and Platforms
Pioneering Certificate Authority
DigiCert was a founding member of the CA/Browser Forum, and is one of the few Certificate Authorities developing new SSL technology to better protect customers.
Improved SEO and Google Ranking
HTTPS is one of the most powerful ranking factors for organic search, so our SSL certificates will help boost your rankings and overall visibility.
Increased Conversions with Site Seal
Users trust sites that have a website seal clearly on display. One study revealed that over 60% of customers said they abandoned a purchase because a trust logo was missing.
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