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Domain Validated SSL Certificates

Domain Validated SSL Certificates (DV) are SSL certificates that are issued after an applicant has proven some control over a domain. Generally, no other validation is done (verifying who the applicant is, verifything that a company is registered with the government). In order to get a Domain Validated SSL Certificate you just have to prove that you own the domain by responding to an email or phone call using the information in the WHOIS record of the domain. Your company doesn't have to be validated and no organization name is entered in the certificate. Compare the best domain validated certificates below or use our SSL Wizard to compare SSL certificate features from all providers

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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.8
92 reviews
$49.00
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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 4.7
3596 reviews
$49.00
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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 3.7
130 reviews
$149.00
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24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail Full refund within 30 days of issuance 3.1
81 reviews
$149.00
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Provider Rating 4.8
From 92 reviews
4.7
From 3596 reviews
3.7
From 130 reviews
3.1
From 81 reviews
Year Founded 2002 1998 2001 1995
Headquarters Houston, Texas, USA Roseland, New Jersey, USA Lehi, Utah, USA Cape Town, South Africa
Support Options 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail 24/7 Customer Support by Chat, Phone, and E-mail
Refund Policy Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance
Warranty $10,000 $10,000 $100,000 $0
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Product Name SSL.com's Basic SSL Sectigo's Positive SSL GeoTrust's QuickSSL Premium Thawte's SSL123 Certificate
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Price For 1 Year $49.00 $49.00 $149.00 $149.00
Issuance Speed Within a few minutes Within a few minutes Less than 10 minutes Within a few minutes
Domains Secured Single Domain Name (FQDN) + www SAN Single Domain Name (FQDN) + www SAN Single Domain Name (FQDN) Single Domain Name (FQDN)
Validation Required Domain Validation Domain Validation Domain Validation Domain Validation
Notification Level in Browsers Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only Domain Name Shown On Certificate Only
Server License Unlimited Servers Unlimited Servers Unlimited Servers Single Server - Additional server licenses may be purchased
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Web Browser Indication for Domain Validated SSL Certificates

Web browsers display Domain Validated certificates differently. Most browsers show the certificate with a grey lock while Chrome shows it with a green lock. However, certificate indicators are always changing. A legal entity is never shown because there isn't one included in the certificate, whereas the lgal entity is often show for Organization Validated certificates or Extended Validation certificates.

Advantages of Domain Validated SSL Certificates

  • Speed. You can usually get a fully-functioning certificate within minutes. No need to send in company validation documents.
  • Price. Because the process is automated and requires no validation from the certificate authority, these are the cheapest SSL certificates available.

Disadvantages of Domain Validated Certificates

  • Low assurance. Because your company is not validated, these certificates don't help your visitors know who is running your site. If you have an e-commerce site, your potential buyers aren't as likely to buy from you.
  • Less secure. The certificates themselves still enable full encryption but there are other security problems. For one, any phisher can get one and can hide their identity completely. Second, they make man-in-the-middle attacks more dangerous. If an an attacker was able to do some DNS poisoning, he could get a Domain Validated SSL Certificate for your domain and redirect visitors to a fake site that allows him to collect visitor information. Read more about Domain Validated Certificates and DNS vulnerabilities. In summary, domain validated certificates do almost nothing to verify that you are talking to who you think you are talking to.

So when should you use Domain Validated SSL Certificates? They work well in situations where you don't need to assure your visitors or where there is little chance of a man-in-the-middle attack such as on an internal server or on a mail server.