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The world of SSL can seem confusing. Choosing your validation method is a good place to start. There are just three types of validation - Extended Validation, Organisation Validation and Domain Validation. Use our simple guide below and find the validation method that’s right for your site and your business.

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Suggested usage

Domain Validation (DV)

  • Issued instantly (under 10 minutes)
  • Lowest cost, as validation is automated
  • Secures your site
  • Proves only that your site is secure (not your company too)
  • Doesn't instil confidence in your business (as your business is not vetted)
  • Sole traders
  • Companies whose customers know and trust their website
  • Anyone who only needs basic encryption

Organisation Validation (OV)

  • Validates both your site and your company
  • Proves your business is legitimate and that it either owns or has permission to run your website
  • Takes up to two days to issue your certificate, although we do our best to get them issued the same day
  • Can require faxed documents
  • Slightly more expensive than DV due to human vetting costs
  • Ecommerce sites
  • Anyone who wants to prove that both their site and their business is trustworthy

Extended Validation (EV)

  • Activates the green bar of trust
  • Instils highest levels of confidence in your online customers
  • Protects your site against phishing attacks
  • Reassures company stakeholders/board of directors etc
  • More expensive than DV and OV as there is more vetting, and vetting is audited prior to certificate issuance
  • Vetting procedures and issuance takes longer than OV
  • National and global brands
  • Any business that wants to boost its online sales
  • Anyone who wants to instil utmost confidence in their online visitors
  • Anyone wanting to do the maximum to prevent phishing attacks on their site

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