It was in the summer of 2018, when Chrome made clear that encryption is the only way forward. The 68th edition brought red “not secure” for HTTP sites, while from the 70th edition onwards, this indication became more intense. As for now, when someone tries to enter data in a form hosted on an HTTP site, the “not secure” turns red.
This Google’s decision to make HTTPS and encrypted connections a norm has triggered a lot of comments and discussions. Several users are not happy with the change and seem determined to migrate to another browser. Many other users though, do understand that this new marking of HTTP websites, is a good initiative that helps the internet become a safer place.
If you are amongst the people who are upset or confused with Google’s decision concerning HTTP sites, we just want you to keep in mind that:
Given the above but mainly the fact that the HTTPS protocol ensures the secure exchange of information, you may search an SSL for your website. So, we are here to help you. Below you can read about all SSL types available and identify the one that suits you best.
This SSL certificate type offers a basic protection to small websites and guarantees that the exchange of information is encrypted and secure.
If you have a shared hosting plan at Top.Host you will realize that you can choose to get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL for your website or a paid one signed by well-known and trusted companies. Therefore you may wonder why to buy something that you can have for free? Let us clear that up and present to you the differences between these two choices.
The Organization Validation SSL is a certificate type that you cannot get for free and is suitable for companies that, apart from the encryption of information, wish to provide their customers with certification of their corporate data and identity.
In order to issue an OV SSL, you should certify the domain name ownership, as well as additional information about the organization or the company.
An OV SSL is usually activated within 1-2 days from the ordering day after the issuing authority conducts bank or local government searches so as to certify the company name and the zip code.
The Extended Validation SSL is recommended to large companies with online and e-commerce services that wish to maintain their level of competition and inform the customer that they are in a secure location, where their personal data and transactions are protected! Many browsers used to show visitors that a website had EV SSL, by displaying on the address bar a green padlock next to the owner company name. That indication drew the attention and gained the trust of the customer. Today though, browsers take for grand that users do know a lot about encryption. Therefore, the green indications are losing ground.
The issuing of an Extended Validated SSL cannot be done for free and requires a strict process of audits so that the identity of the organization is validated. In particular, the Certification Authority Browser Forum requires that the organization passes a 7-level audit so as to get an EV SSL. The necessary documents should prove the sole ownership of the domain name, the organization’s headquarters, its natural and legal entity, its operation, the validation that the organization has indeed applied for the SSL, as well as the natural and legal entity of its representative.
After presenting all the basic types of SSL certificates, it’s time to talk a little about the subcategorization of them. So, there are:
We hope that we helped you find which SSL certificate suits you best! If you still have questions, we have a dedicated Support Hero that can help you. His name is Vironas and you can call him on weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Greek local time)!