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SSL Certificates Website Security

Website security is a critical component of your site's success. SSL Certificates from Register.com assure your visitors that your website is trustworthy and that private data is protected - so prospects and customers have the confidence to make purchases and share confidential information online.

Essential SSL

An affordable hosting solution with the features you need to run a successful site.

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Starting at
$24.00/yr.

Wildcard SSL (Unlimited Subdomains)

Security and domain validation for multiple subdomains of your website - to protect all critical site areas (i.e. your shopping cart, customer account pages, etc)

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Starting at
$245.00/yr.

Premium SSL

High-Level validation gives your customers extra assurance that your site is trustworthy. Secures your site and verifies your domain as well as your organization or individual identity.

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Starting at
$68.00/yr.

Extended Validation SSL

Give your customers the highest level of assurance that your site is trustworthy. Includes the most thorough business validation available, plus green browser bar for instant recognition.

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Starting at
$390.00/yr.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate is the electronic counterpart to a passport or a driver's license. It is a digital certificate you install on the server that hosts your website. SSL Certificates have two primary functions:
  1. To authenticate the identity of your website to visiting browsers and your identity or business to the visiting customer, and
  2. To "encrypt" - or protect - private information that's exchanged on your site, such as credit card numbers or customer account information.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which is the technology used to protect private information on your site.
Why do I need an SSL Certificate?
In today's environment, online customers are more wary than ever of Internet fraud, identity theft and "phishing" schemes. Installing the proper security and validation for your site is essential to gaining your customers' trust, and for letting potential customers know your site is a secure place where they can exchange confidential information, purchase products and services and complete secure transactions.
How will customers know that my site is secure?
When you have an SSL Certificate installed on your server, your site will display three instantly recognizable symbols that let customers know your site is secure:
  1. A padlock symbol that appears in their web browser when your site is opened.
  2. The "https" prefix in front of your URL address in the browser.
  3. A Register.com Site Seal that appears on your website.
When you install an Extended Validation certificate, the browser bar on newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox will appear green whenever your site is opened, indicating that your site has the highest level of validation available.
Which Certificate is right for me?
Use this quick reference guide to help choose the Certificate that is right for your business. Additionally, please see "Compare SSL Certificates" in tab #3 above for more information.
Essential Security

Recommended for website owners that exchange sensitive personal data and ecommerce web businesses with a small to medium level of transactions (up to 50/month).

Premium Security

Recommended for more established ecommerce sellers and medium-sized businesses with higher monthly transactions (50-250/month).

Unlimited Subdomains/Wildcard

Recommended for larger websites and ecommerce sellers servicing a high number of customers and exchanging information from several different locations - or subdomains - of your site (ie shopping carts, customer account sections, etc).

Extended Validation

Recommended for established businesses of any size who require the highest level of customer assurance in order to stay competitive and garner the highest amount of customer trust. Only certain types of businesses and organizations qualify for Extended Validation. Learn more under "What is Extended Validation?"

What is Validation
Validation is the process of having your domain and business or individual identity authenticated by a Certificate Authority. It's similar to a Driver's License, or any official document that provides you with proof of your identity and credentials. Once your Certificate is installed on your server, customers can view your authenticated information by clicking on the padlock symbol in the browser or on the Register.com Site Seal - this will automatically display your qualifications to the public, similar to how professionals hang framed copies of licenses, degrees and other credentialing documents on their office walls.
How long does it take to get validated?
The following are approximate processing times for validation and issuance of SSL Certificates:
  • Essential SSL Certificate (Domain ownership validation): In most cases instant validation.
  • Premium SSL Certificate (Domain and Business and/or individual validation): 1 business day. Validation times can vary depending on the documents you provided
  • Extended Validation SSL Certificate: 4-5 business days. Validation times largely depend on the documentation provided by the customer.
What is Extended Validation?

Extended Validation is the highest level of validation any business can receive. A unique benefit of an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate is that it turns the browser bar green whenever your site is opened in newer versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox - giving your visitors an instant visual indication that your site has the highest level of assurance.

The EV application is more extensive than other certificates. For this reason it has a slightly longer validation time.

The following types of entities may qualify for Extended Validation:

  • Corporation/Limited Liability Company
  • Sole Proprietorship/Unincorporated Business
  • Government Organization
  • NGO/International Treaty Organization
What is Automatic Installation?

If you've purchased one of our new hosting packages after 5/30/08 and your domain name is registered with Register.com, you have the option to install most of our SSL certificates with just a few mouse clicks. This will greatly facilitate the installation process - and is something that few other SSL providers can offer.

Automatic installation applies to all certificates for which you've had us create a Certificate Signing request during set up - with the exception of Wildcard SSL Certificates, which do not offer the automatic install option.

What are Subdomains?

A subdomain is a domain that is created by using your main domain name and a prefix name. Many websites use subdomains as a way to create separate areas or functions of the website. For example, domain.com might use the subdomain checkout.domain.com to handle customer check outs, and info.domain.com for customer information, etc.

If your website uses subdomains and you wish to secure several different subdomains, we recommend a Wildcard SSL Certificate, which allows you to secure unlimited subdomains with a single certificate.

What is Encryption?
Encryption is the technical process behind SSL Certificates that allows data to be transmitted securely over computer networks. It essentially masks data so that unauthorized sources are unable to read or intercept it. All Register.com SSL Certificates offer up to 256-bit encryption - the highest standard in the industry.
What is a Warranty?
All Register.com SSL Certificates come with warranties so that your site's visitors can have confidence when conducting a transaction with you. Warranty amounts for each Certificate are:
  • Essential SSL: $ 10,000 Warranty
  • Premium SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty
  • Wildcard SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty
  • EV SSL: $ 250,000 Warranty

The amounts above represent the maximum amount site visitors may receive in compensation for a loss.

All warranties are subject to the terms of our relying party warranty.

Why should I trust Register.com with my security needs?
Register.com is one of the most recognized names in the industry. Millions of web-based businesses trust us with their online services. Getting an SSL Certificate from Register.com allows your website and your online business to benefit from a well recognized and well established name. You'll also have the advantage of our experienced customer call center.
Which Register.com websites can accommodate an SSL Certificate?
Register.com hosted websites

Websites hosted with a Register.com Hosting solution can accommodate an SSL Certificate. If you purchased your hosting solution after 5/30/08 you have the option to install your Certificate with just a few mouse clicks. Solutions purchased prior to 5/30/08 may require additional steps to install an SSL Certificate.

ProStores eCommerce websites

These website solutions can accommodate an SSL Certificate, but may require a free upgrade. Please speak with a Customer Service Representative at 1-866-476-0501 to find out more about adding an SSL Certificate to your ProStores website.

Do-It-Myself and Do-It-Myself with eCommerce websites

These website solutions either do not accommodate SSL encryption or may already have a shared SSL Certificate installed - in which case no additional security would be needed. Please speak with a Customer Service Representative at 1-866-476-0501 to find out if your Do-It-Myself website is already protected.

Do you have SSL Certificates that are not listed on your website?
Yes, we also offer the following additional certificates which you may purchase by phone at 1-866-476-0501:
  1. Multi Domain Certificates, Domain validated
  2. Multi Domain Certificates, Domain and Organization validated
  3. Domain Validated Wildcard Certificate
Are there special requirements for installing an SSL Certificate on my website?

SSL Certificates can be successfully installed on most websites. However one specific requirement is that your website has a dedicated IP address.

If your site is hosted with a Register.com hosting package purchased after 5/30/08, your site already has a dedicated IP address and is ready for your certificate to be installed.

If your site is hosted with a Register.com hosting package purchased before 5/30/08, we can easily move your site to a dedicated IP address. Simply call us at 1-866-476-0501 to initiate the process.

If your site is hosted outside of Register.com, contact your hosting company to find out if you already have a dedicated IP address, or if any additional steps must be taken before installing your certificate.

One other special requirement to be aware of: in order to qualify for an Extended Validation, your organization must be one of the following types of entities:

  • Corporation/Limited Liability Company
  • Sole Proprietorship/Unincorporated Business
  • Government Organization
  • NGO/International Treaty Organization
How does Register.com's ssl favor against the competition?  See the results below for a comparison of Register, Godaddy, Thawte, and GeoTrust
Product Essential SSL Standard SSL SSL123
Certificate
QuickSSL™
Premium
Price comparisons as of February 7th, 2013
After completion of verification process and based on system availability
3 year term $24.00/yr $59.49/yr $133.00/yr $124.00/yr
2 year term $26.50/yr $62.99/yr $129.50/yr $130.50/yr
1 year term $27.99/yr $69.99/yr $149.99/yr $149.99/yr
Up to 256 bit
encryption
Yes Yes Yes Yes
2048-Bit Root Yes Yes Yes Yes
Over 99% Browser
Recognition
Yes Yes Yes Yes
24/7 Phone Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online Chat Yes Yes Yes Yes
Issuance Time Issued in Minutes Within Minutes 1 Business Day,
Or less
Minutes
Authentication/
Validation
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Installation Tool or
Directions
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Re-issues Free/Unlimited Free/Unlimited Free Free/Cert
Lifetime
Trusted Signs of
Assurance for Site
Visitors
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Guarantee/Warranty
for Site Visitors
$10,000 $10,000/yr $100,000 $100,000
SSL Upgrades Available Yes Yes Yes Yes
Learn more about our ssl product
Feature Essential SSL Certificate Premium SSL Certificate Wildcard SSL Certificate Extended Validation SSL Certificate
* Prices per year, based on 3-year terms
** Applies only to Register.com Hosting Package purchase after 5/30/08
*** Available on high security Browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7.0 (and above) and Firefox 3.0 (and above)
Terms available 1-3 Years 1-3 Years 1-3 Years 1-2 Years
Ideal for Web Site owners Small & Medium eCommerce Businesses Small & Medium eCommerce Businesses with more then one secured area Businesses, Government, Schools & Universities
Type of Validation Domain Ownership Validation Domain Ownership & Company (or Individual) Validation Domain Ownership & Company (or Individual) Validation Domain Ownership & Company Validation
Validation Speed Minutes Hours Hours Hours
Number of Domains validated 1 Domain 1 Domain 1 Domain & Unlimited Sub-Domains! 1 Domain
Warranty Level for site visitors $10,000 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Browser recognition over 99% over 99% over 99% over 99%
Encryption up to 256-bit up to 256-bit up to 256-bit up to 256-bit
Automatic Installation Option** Yes Yes No Yes
Site Seal Included Included, dynamic business credentials displayed! Included Included, dynamic business credentials displayed!
Green Address Bar that displays highest protection*** No No No Yes
Price* $24.00 $68.00 $245.00 $390.00

Automatic Installation Option for Register.com Hosted Sites

If you have a new Register.com hosting package purchased after 5/30/08, you have the option to install most of our certificates with just a few mouse clicks.

Lower Prices. Superior Value.

Compare our SSL offerings with those of any other provider and you'll find it's tough to beat our prices, service and overall value.