Domain Validated SSL Certificates

Domain Validated SSL Certificates are no-frills, encryption-only certificates. 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. It's easy. Your company doesn't have to be validated and no organization name is entered in the certificate. This is good and bad news.

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 may be scared off.
  • Less secure. The certificates themselves still enable full, 128-bit 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. If you are sure you want a domain validated certificate, compare the best ones below or use our SSL Wizard to compare SSL certificate features from all providers.

Certificate Name SSL.com's Basic SSL GeoTrust's QuickSSL Premium Thawte's SSL123 Certificate GoDaddy's Standard SSL
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Certificate Authority
SSL.com

GeoTrust

Thawte

GoDaddy
Certificate Authority Rating
From 72 reviews
From 129 reviews
From 80 reviews
From 132 reviews
Price For 1 Year
$49
$149
$149
$69
Multiple Year Options Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years
Domains Secured Single Domain Name (FQDN) + www SAN Single Domain Name (FQDN) Single Domain Name (FQDN) Single Domain Name (FQDN) + www SAN
Issuance Speed Within a few minutes Less than 10 minutes Within a few minutes Within a few minutes
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
Browser Compatibility 99% 99% + Most popular mobile devices 99% 99%
Number of Free Reissues Allowed Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired
Server License Unlimited Servers Unlimited Servers Single Server - Additional server licenses may be purchased Unlimited Servers
Support Options Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/7 Free Chat, and E-mail, Monday-Friday 8AM-8PM EST, Phone support available for purchase Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/5, Multi-lingual Free Phone and Email, 24x7
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 - $15 within 30 days of issuance. No refund after 30 days.
Warranty $10,000 $100,000 $0 $2,000
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