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Comodo SSL Certificates

Comodo are a UK based Certification Authority. In February 2015 they announced their lead as the "no. 1 security and trust provider in the world", see this blog post from their founder.
Comodo has a team of over 600 people managing over 700,000 business customers and over 7,000 partners and affiliates.
We have partnered with Comodo to offer our customers the low cost SSL certificates at an even further reduction in price.

 

Comodo SSL - Certificate Prices

Certificate Authentication 1 year 2 years 3 years
PositiveSSL DV £18 £36 £53
PositiveSSL Wildcard DV £78 £149 £220
Positive SSL Multi Domain DV £42 £80 £118
Additional SANs for above SANs £20 £36 £50
Essential SSL DV £24 £42 £57
Essential SSL Wildcard DV £90 £171 £252
Instant SSL Pro OV £59 £103 £143
Premium SSL Wildcard OV £131 £238 £339
Multi Domain OV £102 £184 £253
Additional SANs for above SANs £37 £66 £94
EV SSL EV £148 £246 n/a
Multi Domain EV SSL DV £338 £604 n/a
Additional SANs for above SANs £55 £97 n/a

Comodo SSL - Certificate Details

Positive SSL

The Positive SSL certificate is Comodo's lowest priced domain validated certificate that is suitable for low traffic, small business websites where security is needed but not in high levels. Wildcard and Multi Domain options are available for this SSL certificate.

Essential SSL

The Essential SSL certificate is a domain validated certificate which is slightly better than the Positive SSL certificate, due to this SSL certificate offering a free site seal, free PCI scanning and free daily website scanning. Wildcard option is available for this SSL certificate.

Instant SSL

The Instant SSL certificate is a full business validated (OV) certificate that secures a single domain. This SSL certificate comes with a free "Comodo Secure" site seal.

Premium SSL

The Premium SSL certificate is a full business validated (OV) wildcard certificate. This SSL certificate comes with a free Comodo TrustMark, that is placed in the corner of your website and allows customers to see your identity details without navigating away from your website.

EV SSL

The EV SSL certificate gives the highest level of trust and authentication to your website. This SSL certificate will give the green address bar in your browser and this is what customers will see when they visit your website, which gives them immediate trust and confidence to use your website.

 

Rapid SSL Certificates

RapidSSL are a US based Certification Authority, with a support team based in South Africa.
RapidSSL is owned and operated by GeoTrust, Inc.

 

Rapid SSL - Certificate Prices

Certificate Authentication 1 year 2 years 3 years
RapidSSL DV £27 £47 £67
RapidSSL Wildcard DV £115 £201 £288

Rapid SSL - Certificate Details

Rapid SSL

The Rapid SSL certificate is a low cost domain validated certificate that secures a single domain. Issued within minutes this SSL certificate is perfect for securing small business websites.

Rapid SSL Wildcard

The Rapid SSL Wildcard certificate is a domain validated certificate that allows you to secure unlimited sub-domains using just the one SSL certificate.

 

GeoTrust SSL Certificates

GeoTrust are a US based Certification Authority, with a support team based in South Africa.
The GeoTrust brand was established in 2001 and was acquired for $125m by Verisign in 2006, which in turn was acquired for $1.28 billion by Symantec in 2010.

 

GeoTrust SSL - Certificate Prices

Certificate Authentication 1 year 2 years 3 years
QuickSSL Premium DV £69 £121 £173
True BusinessID OV £100 £174 £248
True BusinessID Wildcard OV £294 £514 £734
True BusinessID EV DV £191 £335 n/a

GeoTrust SSL - Certificate Details

QuickSSL Premium

The QuickSSL Premium certificate is a domain validated certificate and secures one single domain. However, as a bonus they will secure domain.com free when you order www.domain.com.

True BusinessID

The True BusinessID SSL certificate is an organization validated certificate which secures one single domain and comes with a free GeoTrust dynamic secured seal trustmark to let your customers know your website is trustworthy.

True BusinessID Wildcard

The True BusinessID Wildcard certificate is an organization validated certificate that allows you to secure unlimited sub-domains using just one SSL certificate.

True BusinessID EV

The True BusinessID EV certificate gives the highest level of authentication and trust to your customers, making them feel secure when using your website. This SSL certificate gives the green address bar in your browser, which your customers will see and automatically make them feel safe.

 

Different types of SSL

There are many options and choices with SSL certificates and it can be difficult to know which SSL certificate is right for you. The common choices, such as validation method or whether to secure a single domain, purchase a wildcard or go for the SANs option, can be confusing so we have explained the differences below. However, we are here to help and advise, so please contact us if you require any advice.

 

Validation Options

All SSL certificates need to be validated by the CA to prevent misuse. There are three validation methods, Domain Validation (DV), Organisation Validation (OV) and Extended Validation (EV).

Domain Validation (DV)

Domain Validation is the quickest and easiest but also the least secure method.
The SSL certificate issued will encrypt data but not authenticate the organisation.
Validation is achieved by an "Approver Email" sent to a stipulated email address containing a link to approve the order.

Organisation Validation (OV)

Organisation Validation is the standard and the minimum requirement for websites dealing with vulnerable persons or children, such as schools and colleges.
The SSL certificate issued will encrypt data and authenticate the organisation if the site seal is displayed.
Validation is achieved by the CA performing background checks on your organisation.

Extended Validation (EV)

Extended Validation is the strongest and most secure, the default used by financial institutions and many companies wishing to protect their website users.
The SSL certificate issued will encrypt data and authenticate the organisation immediately in the browser's address bar.
Validation is achieved by the CA performing extended background checks on your organisation.

Single domain, Wildcard SSL or Multi-domain

Some SSL certificates have the ability to protect more than one FQDN or website address.
Depending upon your requirements, you may need a certain type of SSL certificate. In other cases, it may be possible to replace multiple certificates with a wildcard SSL certificate or a multi-domain SSL certificate, and could work out easier and more cost effective.

Secure a Single Domain

Securing a single domain or FQDN is the most common option, with www. being the most common subdomain secured. Often, the non-www version is automatically added by the CA. This will secure any pages of your website using the subdomain secured, for example:
Let's assume you have a SSL Certificate for www.example.com - you can then change your links to https:// and secure the following:

Note that you cannot secure any page which does not begin with https://www.example.com for example, https://blog.example.com

Benefits of a Wildcard SSL Certificate

A wildcard SSL Certificate is ordered for the subdomain "*." and will secure any subdomain of the domain name.
So, for example let's assume you order a wildcard SSL certificate for *.example.com - you can then change your links to https:// and secure the following:

Just as with the single domain SSL Certificate, you can secure any page, folder, nested folders or combination of these.

Multi-domain SSL Certificate (or SANs / UC Certificates)

Multi domain SSL Certificates are common for Unified Communications servers but can be used for many other applications. Similar to the single domain SSL Certificate, with the exception that you then add other FQDNs into the SANs field of the certificate, providing you own (registrant) all of the domains in the SSL certificate.
A common scenario may be:

 

SSL Explained

What is SSL?

By default, all data sent to and from a server is sent in plain text. This leaves all users vulnerable to eavesdropping. It is fairly easy for someone to intercept such data and if unencrypted, they can see that information, and may store it and use it.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and also TLS (Transport Layer Security) are standard security technologies for creating an encrypted channel between a server and a computer, whether over the internet or an internal network. The secure link encrypts all data passed between them in both directions, ensuring all information is kept private.

Once SSL is configured on the server, very little (if any) interaction is required from the end user to secure the communication.

When using SSL, the browser will display a padlock, and in the case of EV SSL the browser's address bar will turn green.

What is SSL used for?

SSL creates encrypted channels between a server and a computer. This should be used to secure all information which is private and confidential.

The most common use is between a web server and a browser, other common uses are to secure email, FTP, apps, any program which transmits sensitive data.

A common misconception is that SSL should be used for financial data only, such as credit card numbers. All sensitive data should be encrypted, such as login credentials and clients personal data (email address, delivery addresses, phone etc).

SSL used to secure a website not only encrypts data, some SSL Certificates also verify the website owner's credentials, such as OV and EV SSL. This increases trust and confidence with the end user, and can also prevent users from interacting with a spoof website.

 

SSL Order Process

Buy SSL

When placing an SSL order you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. Place an order with us
    You can place the order with us by clicking the buy now button in the section you wish to purchase from. You will then have the option the select the certificate and validity period. Payment is required at this point, before you configure the order.
  2. Generate a CSR
    This will need to be generated on the server where you want to install the SSL certificates. If you do not have admin access to your server, your hosting company will need to generate one for you.
    Please remember to include the "www." in the common name if necessary and if you are ordering a wildcard certificate the common name must start with "*."
    The key size must be 2048 bit, as 1024 bit is no longer accepted.
    For help generating a CSR, please visit either:
    • this Comodo Knowledgebase article
    • this RapidSSL Knowledgebase article
    • this GeoTrust Knowledgebase article
  3. Configure the order with the CSR and your chosen approver email address
    Once the order has been paid for you will receive an email with a link attached for you to configure your SSL certificate. Just follow each step and make sure all the fields are filled in correctly.
  4. Click the link in the approver email
    For domain validated certificates you must select an approver email address from a given list. You may need to set up one of these addresses to receive email. You must click on the link in the email to validate your order.
    For organization and extended validated certificates you can select any approver email address as you won't actually receive an approver email.
  5. Receive the certificate
    Once you have clicked on the approver email for domain validated certificates, your certificate will be issued within 5-10 minutes and sent straight to you by email. For organization and extended validated certificates the vetting process will take a little longer, depending on the CA. Once issued the certificate will be sent straight to you by email.
  6. Install the certificate with the intermediate on your server.
    For help installing your SSL Certificate, please visit either:
    • this Comodo Knowledgebase article
    • this RapidSSL Knowledgebase article
    • this GeoTrust Knowledgebase article

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