Security and trust is essential when you’re operating an online business. Your visitors need to know they can trust you and that their data will be safe. By installing an SSL Certificate on your website you’ll be proving your identity and encrypting anything sent to your server, such as personal or financial data. This means even if someone is listening, they’ll not be able to read what’s been sent.
Celestia Solutions is an Authorized Partner of GlobalSign, the SSL provider who secures 1000s of prominent websites worldwide. GlobalSign is a WebTrust accredited Certification Authority (CA) with over 10 years experience, and together we offer you a range of publicly trusted and highly cost effective SSL Certificates. For more information on why you should choose GlobalSign for your SSL security, click why global sign tab.
We advise that SSL should be used to secure your web site transactions, logins, webmail and connections. We offer you the highest levels of security, confidence and trust in your web site and online brand. As a GlobalSign Authorized Partner we take pride in our security and the security of our customers.
Basic entry level security
As only your domain name control is verified, AlphaSSL is issued in minutes and does not need you to submit any paperwork. Start securing your transactions and logins instantly. This low cost no fuss Certificate doesn’t carry the extra credibility of the GlobalSign brand, but it’s functional and a great place to start if your budget is tight!
Options – Standard SSL (secures a single domain name), Wildcard SSL (secures multiple subdomains)
Issuance Speed – 5 minutes or less
Activates – Enables Yellow SSL Padlock
GlobalSign Domain SSL
Fast and economical security from a trusted security brand
As only your domain name control is verified, DomainSSL is issued in minutes and does not need you to submit any paperwork – the perfect solution for when you need a highly trusted 256 bit enabled SSL Certificate, and you need it quickly! Start securing your transactions and logins instantly.
Options – Standard SSL (secures a single domain name), Wildcard SSL (secures multiple subdomains), Unified Communications multi-domain (secures up to 40 subdomains & hostnames)
Issuance Speed – 5 minutes or less
Activates – Enables Yellow SSL Padlock
Unique Features – Free SGC encryption, Underwritten warranty of $10,000, 3 server licenses for the price of 1 (2 more than our competition!)
Extra levels of authentication for extra trust
Your company’s existence is verified through third party databases and your company documentation. OrganizationSSL has a high level of customer trust because your company name and address are included within the actual Certificate. Your Site Seal profile also shows your company details (registered or trading address can be shown). Secure your transactions and let customers know you have been vetted.
Options – Standard SSL (secures a single domain name), Wildcard SSL (secures multiple subdomains), Unified Communications multi-domain (secures up to 40 domains, subdomains, IP addresses & hostnames)
Issuance Speed – business days or less,
Activates – Enables Yellow SSL Padlock,
Unique Features – Free SGC encryption, Underwritten warranty of $100,000, 3 server licenses for the price of 1 (2 more than our competition!)
GlobalSign ExtendedSSL (EV SSL) The highest security and trust available – activate the Green Bar!
It’s time to Go Green with Extended Validation SSL! Activate the high trust green browser bar in all the latest browsers – EV SSL Certificates are the only way to show your customers your company has been vetted to the highest available standards in the industry. Give your customers the security and confidence to buy from your site using the strongest security, highest trust and most visible SSL security ever available.
Options – Standard SSL (secures a single domain name)
Issuance Speed – 3 business days or less
Activates – Enables Yellow SSL Padlock and Green Address Bar
Unique Features – Free SGC encryption, Underwritten warranty of $250,000, 3 server licenses for the price of 1 (2 more than our competition!)
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2048 bit future proof SSL Certificates
In 1998, GlobalSign had the foresight to create a strong Root Certificate by using 2048 bit RSA keys. This makes the GlobalSign Root Certificate the most widely distributed Certification Authority to already meet the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) recommendation that from 2011 onwards all cryptographic keys should be 2048 bit in strength. Anything less than 2048 bit will most likely be deemed insecure, which has prompted the CA/Browser Forum to insist that all Extended Validation SSL Certificates are to be 2048 bit from the 1st January 2009 in anticipation.
GlobalSign provides 2048 bit strength across the entire Digital Certificate portfolio.
SGC security for minimum 128 bit to 256 bit SSL encryption levels
FREE OF CHARGE UPGRADE GlobalSign SSL Certificates include SGC technology that forces a weaker 40 bit SSL session to at least 128 bit, and in most cases now 256 bit. 128-256 bit SSL sessions are trillions times stronger than 40 bit and allow all site visitors, no matter where they are in the world to benefit from stronger encryption levels. Few SSL Providers have the capability of offering SGC, and for those that do, SGC is often added as “pro” services and carries a premium price. Every GlobalSign SSL Certificate is capable of 256 bit strong SSL, and includes step-up SGC technology that forces weak browsers to stronger browsers free of charge.
Free website malware detection monitoring
Malware distribution detection is included with all SSL Certificates and is a passive service that alerts your administrator if your site has been breached by hackers or exploits and is being used as a vehicle for hidden malware distribution such as viruses, spyware and trojans.
Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing take a poor view of sites distributing malware, whether they know they are distributing or not. If the search engines find malware being distributed via your site, expect to be blacklisted and even excluded from search results completely.
Universal Compatibility with all browsers, mobile phones and devices
GlobalSign Certificates are compatible with all browsers, mobile phones, Operating Systems, applications and devices – this means that practically 100% of visitors to your website, no matter what browser or device they are using, will automatically trust your SSL Certificate. Our global team of embedding experts ensure that GlobalSign continues to be trusted even with new devices, especially in the fast growing world of mobile connectivity.
Secures both www.domain.com and domain.com
SSL Certificates are usually issued to a sole Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDN), so normally customers wanting to secure both “www.domain.com” and “domain.com” would need two separate SSL Certificates. But not with GlobalSign SSL where both “www.domain.com” and just “domain.com” are secured using a single SSL Certificate and without any additional charges, IP address purchase or server configuration.
AutoCSR – CSRs are optional, not mandatory
Quick and easy SSL ordering with AutoCSR. If you do not have a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) or do not know how to create one on your web server, don’t worry, just select the free AutoCSR option when ordering and we’ll create your SSL Certificate without you providing a CSR. CSR generation remains one of the consistent problem areas faced by customers wishing to secure servers and AutoCSR removes the need for the customer to create the CSR.
Secure Site Seal
The GlobalSign Site seal is a sign of trust on the Internet. It shows your customers you have been authenticated and you use the strongest SSL possible to secure your transactions. Displaying the GlobalSign Site Seal will help visitors trust your web site, and then help convert general visitors to paying customers. Don’t risk people abandoning shopping carts and web forms – display the GlobalSign site seal to give them the confidence to complete the transaction.
Available in multiple sizes as static GIF or animated Flash versions.
Unlimited server licensing
Typically SSL Providers will issue SSL Certificates with only a single license, and additional licenses must be bought at a premium. To help you meet your budget GlobalSign SSL Certificates are provided with licensing for an unlimited number of servers included in the standard price. This allows you to easily secure your primary server, a secondary or backup server and a load balancer without any further costs
Unlimited reissues / replacements for lifetime of Certificate
No problem with GlobalSign. All SSL Certificates can be reissued at any time throughout the lifetime of the Certificate. Reissue 24/7 using your GlobalSign Certificate Center (GCC) account and have a replacement Certificate in only seconds.
Warranty – underwritten Liability Program
GlobalSign SSL Certificates come with a free warranty of $10k – $250k against misissuance
GlobalSign Certificate Center account
Use the GlobalSign Certificate Center (GCC) to report on, renew, reissue and download existing Certificates and for the accelerated purchase of new SSL Certificates. Use GCC to fulfil other Digital Certificate requirements – Code Signing, Digital IDs for secure email and digital signing for Microsoft Office and Adobe PDFs – all from a single account with multiple User capabilities.
This service includes the following checks carried out by our automated systems and expert technical staff.
Server Availability – can browsers connect to your site over SSL?
SSL Certificate Installation – is your SSL configured?
Common Error Checking – are there errors when connecting over SSL?
Site Seal Installation – are you maximising customer conversions by using the Secure Site Seal?
What is SSL?
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) (and Transport Layer Security (TLS)) is the most widely deployed security protocol used today. It is essentially a protocol that provides a secure channel between two machines operating over the Internet or an internal network. In today’s Internet focused world, we typically see SSL in use when a web browser needs to securely connect to a web server over the insecure Internet.
Technically SSL is a transparent protocol, which requires little interaction from the end user when establishing a secure session. For example, in the case of a browser, users are alerted to the presence of SSL when the browser displays a padlock, or in the case of Extended Validation SSL the address bar displays both a padlock and a green bar. This is the key to the success of SSL – it is incredibly simple experience for end users.
What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates are small data file that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a webserver, it activates the padlock, https (over port 443) and allows secure connections from a webserver to a browser. Typically SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer, logins and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites. An SSL Certificate binds together:
Your domain name, server name or hostname
Your organizational identity (i.e. company name) and location
An organization needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate secure sessions with browsers. Depending on the type of SSL Certificate applied for, the organization will need to go through differing levels of vetting. Once installed, it is possible to connect to the website over https://www.domain.com, as this tells the server to establish a secure connection with the browser. Once a secure connection is established all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.
What are the types of SSL Certificates?
Over the last few years the number of organizations using SSL Certificates has increased dramatically. The applications for which SSL is being used has also expanded. For example:
Some organizations need SSL simply for confidentiality, e.g. encryption
Some organizations wish to use SSL to enhance trust in their security and identity, e.g. they want to show customers they have been vetted and are a legitimate organization
As the applications for SSL have started to become wider, three types of SSL Certificates have emerged:
Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates: where the Certification Authority (CA) checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts a THOROUGH vetting of the organization. The issuance process of EV Certificates is strictly defined in the EV Guidelines, as formally ratified by the CA/Browser forum in 2007, that specify all the steps required for a CA before issuing a certificate, and includes:
- Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
- Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
- Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate
- Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV Certificate
EV Certificates are available for all types of businesses, including government entities and both incorporated and unincorporated businesses. A second set of guidelines, the EV Audit Guidelines, specify the criteria under which a CA needs to be successfully audited before issuing EV Certificates. The audits are repeated yearly to ensure the integrity of the issuance process.
Organization Validation (OV) SSL Certificates: where the CA checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts some vetting of the organization. Additional vetted company information is displayed to customers when clicking on the Secure Site Seal, giving enhanced visibility in who is behind the site and associated enhanced trust.
Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates: where the CA checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name. No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal.