I can get Extended Validation for cheaper than Domain Validation, yearly. What are the differences between them?


Even if more costly, an Extended Validation Certificate (EV SSL) versus Domain Validated Certificate (DV SSL) is much more worthwhile to have:

EV SSL's can only be issued by those certification authorities (CA's) who pass independent audits for WebTrust, and requires standardized issuing criteria. Visitors will also see a very noticeable green bar in the address bar of all modern browsers, which is becoming more recognizable now that online banks are using them.

DV SSL's on the other hand require no more validation then just sending an email to the domain admin or technical contact listed in its WHOIS record with a link in it to authenticate the owner of the domain (similar to a website requiring signup validation via email).

This also provides additional reasons why many top CA's do not offer Domain Validated SSL's.

  • Check this out: networksolutions.com/SSL-certificates/… I know they're legit as I've got domains through them. Jul 16 '13 at 7:35
  • Network Solutions is definitely legit :-) You can view other EV CA's here, and compare the promotional prices for EV's on their respective websites.
    – dan
    Jul 16 '13 at 7:42
  • So would you recommend going with their EV then? Or do you know any other more reputable sites that offer the same promo? Jul 16 '13 at 7:42
  • The chart there is a bit incorrect - GoDaddy uses the term "Premium SSL's" for example, so they're comparing GD's standard SSL in that chart. Their pricing looks good, but keep in mind, it's likely promotional for one year, which will have to be renewed, so try to find out what their renewal (non-promotional) pricing will be when you renew next year, and the years thereafter...
    – dan
    Jul 16 '13 at 7:49
  • I'm not sure how long I will be going with them for more than a year, honestly. I'm sure they can't FORCE you to renew with them, so if worse comes to worse, I'll just cancel the auto renew. Jul 16 '13 at 8:00

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