How is EV-SSL different from SSL?
SSL certification encrypts and protects information transmitted online from being intercepted and stolen by third parties. On the other hand, plain SSL does not help users cross-check the website's identity. Domain-validated (DV) SSL certificates are easy to obtain online, with no identity check by a human being. The ease of acquiring SSL certificates has even encouraged phishers and other malicious entities to use them in establishing their online "credibility."
Extended Validation, or EV-SSL, raises the bar on standard SSL validation processes, incorporating some of the highest standards in identity assurance to establish the legitimacy of online entities. Certificate Authorities put applicant websites through rigorous evaluation procedures and meticulous documentation checks to confirm their authenticity and ownership. This systematic authentication process, also known as the Extended Validation Standard, is based on a set of guidelines prescribed for CAs to adhere to when they receive a request for a digital certificate from an organization or business entity.
These guidelines include:
- Establishing the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
- Verifying that the entity's identity matches official records like incorporation and business licensing information
- Confirming that the entity owns or has exclusive rights to use the domain mentioned in the application for certification
- Confirming that the request for an EV certificate has been authorized by the entity
The objective of the EV issuance process is to enable users to distinguish legitimate websites from phishing sites, building their trust in online commercial transactions and increasing participation.
How do EV-SSL Certificates Benefit your website?
When your website has an EV-SSL Certificates, your customers or users can be confident about transacting in a security-enabled environment. EV-SSL Certificates incorporate all the security attributes of SSL with some advanced features. Recent versions of browsers enable users to immediately identify an authenticated website through the green address bar on the browser. The website's security status is also displayed alongside, with the tag alternating between the identity and location of the authenticated entity, and the CA that provided the validation. Rolling a mouse over the security status bar will also reveal detailed information about the company operating the website.
With an EV-SSL Certificates, your customers can establish your true identity - online and offline.
Until now, we have only talked about PKI encryption. But the other valuable function of SSL certificates is that they allow you to digitally "sign" a document.