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.

  1. Server sends a copy of its asymmetric public key to browser.
  2. Browser creates a symmetric session key and encrypts it with the server’s assymmetric public key then sends it to the server.
  3. Server decrypts the encrypted session key using its asymmetric private key to get the symmetric session key.
  4. 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.

Encrypt sensitive data
Activate HTTPS and the lock icon
Comply with PCI standards
Prove legitimacy
Strengthen brand identity
Increase SEO rank

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.

Standard SSL

As low as

$139

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EV SSL

As low as

$234

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Multi-Domain SSL

As low as

$239

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Wildcard SSL

As low as

$475

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Important: Effective March 1, 2018, certificates with a validity greater than 2 years will be affected by Industry Standards changes. Learn More.

Product Features

2-year Price (per year)
3-year Price (per year)
Award-winning customer support
Compatible with all major browsers
and mobile devices
Secures both www.example.com
and example.com
Displays the green address bar
Secures unlimited subdomains

Technical Specifications

Standard X.509 certificates

Symmetric 256-bit encryption

RSA public-key SHA-2 algorithm (supports hash functions: 256, 384, 512)

ECC public-key cryptography (supports hash functions: 256, 384, 521)

Unlimited server licensing

Supports 2048-bit public key encryption (3072-bit and 4096-bit available)

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Why Choose DigiCert?

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.

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.

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.

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.

DigiCert certificates feature 256-bit encryption, 2048-bit RSA keys signed with SHA-256. We also offer Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) support.

Through CertCentral, we offer free tools to simplify and automate CSR generation, certificate installation, and certificate management.

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.

HTTPS is one of the most powerful ranking factors for organic search, so our SSL certificates will help boost your rankings and overall visibility.

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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