Product: SSL Certificates

What is an SSL certificate?

A Secure Sockets Layer – or SSL – certificate is a web security protocol and essential for protecting your site visitors’ sensitive data against fraud and identity theft. SSLs guard data by providing encryption (scrambling of data to prevent tampering during transmission) and validation (verification of the business behind the website). SSL certificates come in different levels of security, depending on the level of protection and security features you need. Often, these features are obvious – Site Seals, HTTPS, and the “green bar” are all visual indicators of a protected site – other times, the security is behind-the-scenes. No matter what level you choose, SSL protection reassures visitors that your site is safe, leading to greater customer trust and increased reliability for your business or brand.

What to look for when choosing an SSL

Validation is a key SSL feature. We'll help you learn about the different levels of validation and how to tell them apart.

Domain Validation (DV)
Validation Level

Ideal for securing personal websites, blogs, and Facebook apps

  • Easy activation
  • No paperwork needed

Organization Validation (OV)
Validation Level

Ideal for securing sites that take in customer info (e.g., login credentials)

  • Dynamic Site Seal
  • Trustworthy feature (CA authenticates company information which users can then check, ensuring greater trust)
  • Paperwork needed

Extended Validation (EV)
Validation Level

Ideal for securing sites that take in more sensitive customer info (e.g., credit card data)

  • Green Bar
  • Highest Trustworthy feature
  • Paperwork needed

Single domain SSLs only allow one unique domain or subdomain to be secured, wildcard SSLs allow multiple subdomains to be secured under one unique domain, and multi-domain SSLs allow multiple unique domains and subdomains to be secured with a single certificate.

Single Domain SSL
Single domain SSL certificates provide security for a single unique domain name or single subdomain. For example, or or

Wildcard SSL
Wildcard SSL certificates provide security for multiple subdomains of a single domain. For example, a wildcard SSL issued to * can be used to secure hostnames such as,,,,

Multi-Domain SSL
A multi-domain SSL can secure several websites by including many domains on one certificate. It's ideal for organizations with multiple unique domains hosted on a single server. For example,,,,

Each brand of SSL is known as a Certificate Authority (CA). A CA is an organization that is trusted to sign digital certificates. It also verifies the identity and legitimacy of the company or individual requesting a certificate and, if the verification is successful, issues the signed certificate. More info is available at here →

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How does it work?

To use an SSL after purchase, you will first need to activate it. Once the SSL is activated, you will receive installation instructions, after which it may be managed from the Account Panel.


Begin by purchasing an SSL certificate. Choose from the three types listed above.


You may activate your SSL certificate from the Account Panel immediately after purchase or at a later time. CSR code assignment and domain name indication will happen during activation.


You will receive instructions on how to install your SSL certificate once it has been validated and issued. Click here for more information on the installation process.


You may manage your SSLs (renew, reissue, etc.) in the Account Panel.

What is included with an SSL certificate?

Check out these great features that come with every SSL OBG offers.

Site Seal
The site seal is a graphic representation of your protection and serves as a visual reminder to customers that your site is safe and protected. Most web users know to look for a site seal – it’s also the main reason people buy SSLs – so it’s important to have one. Seals may vary in appearance depending on the type of certificate.
Top-Tier Support
At OBG, we’re known for providing the industry’s finest customer service. That’s due to our stellar support team. In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable, OBG support staffers are some of the most polite, helpful people in the business. And they’re available 24/7 to answer your questions and offer advice.
Browser Ubiquity
We handpick our SSL certificates to ensure strong browser ubiquity. Our certs are supported by all the popular browsers, which means that whichever one you use will recognize OBG’s SSL verification, keeping the browsing experience smooth and hassle-free. No more customers wondering if the company issuing the cert is real or whether its protection is guaranteed.
Encryption Level
Security is determined by the number of bits used to generate the encryption key, which is then used to encrypt the data. Most of our SSL certificates use either 256-bit or 128-bit encryption, depending on the capabilities of web browser and server. Both 256- and 128-bit are industry standard for data protection.
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