Sectigo's Extended Validated (EV) SSL Certificate Explained

Extended validation or EV certificates provide the maximum amount of trust to visitors, and also require the most effort by the CA to validate. Per guidelines set by the CA/Browser Forum, extra documentation must be provided and validated in order to issue an EV certificate. Because of this extra vetting, many companies choose to purchase Extended Validation (EV) certificates in order to provide that added level of trust assurance to individuals navigating to their websites.

This will tell the user:

  • That the company has undergone extensive validation to verify that the organization is legally registered and active.
  • Has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate.
  • That the certificate has been authorized by the organization.
  • and that the organization is not on any government blacklists.

As described in the guidelines (linked above) a fully validated EV certificate will show the name of the company or organization in the address bar itself, (which is often displayed in green). This is an immediate, visual way to know that extra steps were taken to confirm the site they’re visiting – which is why most large companies and organizations choose EV certificates.

Please note that a minority of browsers may not display the company name. For your important transactions, consider using a browser which supports EV.

Sectigo Organization Validation Certificates
Fully authenticated certificates to establish trust with site visitors.

Sectigo Extended Validation Certificates
Add your company name to the browser interface in the branded address bar enabled by EV SSL. Increase user confidence and transaction rates by showing your true identity online.