Overview Digital Certificates Overview Digital (or SSL) certificates ensure privacy and secure the connection between your website and the browser of a visitor to your site. By securing the connection and thus the transaction from your website, your visitors will be more confident and will trust your site. This is essential particularly for e-commerce websites, or in fact any website that collects your personal information. Knowing what sort of certificate to purchase is very important. DV SSL Certificate Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificates is the most basic and easiest to validate using a single step to verify the person or organization who owns the registered domain. To complete the validation, the domain owner must prove that they own the domain that was submitted with the order. The easiest and preferred method is completing the verification with email-based authentication. Using this preferred method, we will send an email to the WHOIS registrar email address asking you to verify that you purchased a DV certificate. Once you positively respond to our email, the requirement is considered satisfied and the certificate can be issued within minutes of a completed order. As an alternative to the WHOIS registered email, we can send the authentication email to one of five pre-approved email addresses associated with the website domain. OV SSL Certificate for an Organisation Organization Validated or OV SSL certificates require more validation than Domain Validated (DV) certificates, but provide more trust. With an OV certificate, we confirm the business associated with the domain name is registered and legitimate by checking details such as the business name, location, address, and incorporation or registration information. This makes the OV certificate a more suitable option for public-facing websites that represent companies or organizations. OV's are usually used by corporations, governments and other entities that want to provide an extra layer of confidence to their website visitors. OV SSL Certificate for an Individual OV SSL certificate for an individual requires the identity and address is validated on the certificate. Individual identity is verified by the applicant providing a government issued photo ID, e.g. drivers licence, passport, or national id. EV SSL Certificate The EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificate has very strict industry guidelines that our validation specialists make as simple a possible with minimal action required from you.