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 assymmetric 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.
Take Security Further with Extended Validation
Extended Validation requires businesses to go through a rigorous validation process to prove identity, making it the highest degree of authentication available. EV-secured sites are given a green branded address bar, which is one of the most highly recognizable trust indicators on the web.
Choose the Right SSL
Not sure which SSL certificate you need? Scan the chart below to find the certificate that best meets your site security needs.
Important: Effective March 1, 2018, certificates with a validity greater than 2 years will be affected by Industry Standards changes. Learn More.
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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.
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