My math teacher in high school use to tell me all the time, "KISS - Keep It Super Simple".

Choosing a SSL certificate for your website can seem extremely complicated.  So, lets try to put together a little KISS SSL certificate buying guide.  Ask yourself these questions when choosing a SSL cert:

1 - Do I need a SSL certificate?

If you answer "yes" to any of the below, your website should have an SSL certificate -

• You have an online store or accept online orders and credit cards.
• Your business partners log in to confidential information on an extranet.
• You have offices that share confidential information over an intranet.
• You process sensitive data such as address, birth date, license, or ID numbers.
• You need to comply with privacy and security requirements.

2 - What kind of SSL certificate does my website need?

- Are you an ecommerce site with 100+ transactions per month? Or, do you want your browser bar to turn green and show the security lock?  If yes, get an extended validation SSL cert.

- Are you an ecommerce site, but don't care if your browser bar turns green? If yes, get a standard SSL cert.

- Do you want to cover subdomains under one SSL certificate? i.e., securing www.yourdomain.com, orders.yourdomain.com and service.yourdomain.com under one certificate.  If yes, get a wildcard SSL certificate.  Note: GoDaddy's premium SSL acts as both a wildcard and extended validation SSL cert.

- Choose a Domain SSL certificate if your website exchanges any personal data with your visitors but you're not an ecommerce site.

3 - What certificate authority should I buy my SSL certificate from?

The whole root-trust model means that your security is only as good as the least secure-issuer. It doesn't really matter who you go with or what 'features' you have; well as long as you're not buying from some guy with a server in his basement trying to replicate what a certificate authority does. Go with the best price you can get to not have browsers pop up warnings.  To find trusted SSL certificate authorites and find the best price, see our SSL certificate web pages now (you may even find a coupon to save you some cash):

Domain SSL Certificate providers; Standard SSL Certificate providers; Wildcard SSL Certificate providers; and Extended Validation SSL Certificate providers.

See, that wasn't so hard was it?  Maybe I should have listened even more in math class.

 

SSL certificate buying guide to make it easy to choose a SSL Certificate for your website ...

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