Extended Validation Certificate

What is an Extended Validation Certificate?

As the highest ‘class’ of SSL available, Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV SSL) activate both the padlock and the green address bar in all major browsers. EV SSL Certificates provide the strongest encryption level available and enable the organization behind a website to present its own verified identity to website visitors. EV SSL Certificates offer a stronger guarantee that the owner of the website passed a thorough, and globally standardized, identity verification process defined within the EV guidelines (a set of vetting principles and policies ratified by the CA/Browser forum). The Extended Validation identity verification process requires the applicant to prove exclusive rights to use a domain, confirm its legal, operational and physical existence, and prove the entity has authorized the issuance of the Certificate.

How can I recognize websites using EV SSL Certificates?

A website using EV SSL Certificate will activate highly visible indicators directly on the browser address bar:

  • The green address bar, https:// and the padlock icon

  • The name of the Organization that owns the website and the name of the Certificate Authority that issued the EV SSL Certificate

EV SSL Green Bar Chrome

Website with EV SSL Certificate on Chrome

EV SSL Green Bar IE

Website with EV SSL Certificate on IE

EV SSL Green Bar Safari

Website with EV SSL Certificate on Safari

EV SSL Green Bar Firefox

Website with EV SSL Certificate on Firefox

Who should use EV SSL Certificates?

EV SSL Certificates should be used in all applications that require identity assurance, visible trust and strong encryption. High profile websites often targeted for phishing attacks, such as major brands, banks or financial institutions, should use EV SSL Certificates for all public facing websites, but any website collecting data, processing logins or online payments can also benefit from the increased trust provided by this higher class of SSL. EV SSL Certificates also allow less well known brands to use a standardized level of trust to compete against the more familiar brands already established on the Internet.

Which brands use GlobalSign EV SSL?

GlobalSign’s EV SSL product is called ExtendedSSL. GlobalSign is one of a limited number of Certificate Authorities approved to issue EV SSL Certificates and is one of the founding members of the CA/Browser Forum and certified by an annual WebTrust audit. Many high profile websites rely on GlobalSign EV SSL to provide the highest levels of trust and security, including:

What are the benefits of using an EV SSL Certificate?

The primary benefit of EV SSL is to render trust and security in a simple, visible way that visitors both see and understand - helping organizations establish online trust and increase their perceived credibility. This directly translates into increased conversions and customer loyalty.

When visitors experience trusted browsing and know that any data exchange with the website is secure, their confidence will be increased. Website visitors will feel safer when buying on a website that has been verified and secured, and as such EV SSL Certificates provide the virtual equivalent of an accredited, safe and known location of a bricks and mortar retail shop. Combine visible security with good service and expect higher conversions and repeat business.

Where to get EV SSL Certificates

GlobalSign EV SSL Certificates are called ExtendedSSL, and are available on the ExtendedSSL page.

View GlobalSign EV SSL Certificate