GeoTrust & Thawte have introduced new DV Wildcard SSL certificates, and we are pleased to be amongst the first to make them available.
What are DV Wildcard SSL certificates?
These certificates are a type of DV SSL certificates which can be used with multiple websites or hostnames (subdomains) setup using a single top-level domain name.
For example, a wildcard SSL certificate for *.iwebz.net will protect www.iwebz.net and ssl.iwebz.net, but NOT www.getssl.in which is setup on a different domain name.
Domain Validated (DV) or Standard SSL certificate is 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.
New DV Wildcard Certificates
GeoTrust’s new DV wildcard option is GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium Wildcard. It builds on GeoTrust’s already popular QuickSSL Premium certificate. It features a dynamic clickable site seal that displays time-stamped data to further add trust to a site.
Thawte’s new DV wildcard option is the Thawte SSL123 Wildcard. It builds on Thawte’s already popular SSL 123 certificate. This certificate also comes with a dynamic clickable Thawte site seal.
Who should use these SSL certificates?
These certificates are an ideal option for any business that has any number of sub-domains that need security or future-proofing their site for sub-domains that may come in the near future. Typical users of wildcard certificates are cloud-based hosted web services, mobile app developers, and enterprise public cloud setups.
Both these certificates offer a DYNAMIC Site Seal which can be displayed on your website. It features a time/date stamp that identifies your site as authentic and validated by a trusted 3rd party. This feature itself boosts customer trust in your website and is important for websites involved in e-commerce.