Subscription SSL allows longer validity period

8 September 2020

From now on you can request SSL certificates from Sectigo, DigiCert, Thawte and GeoTrust at Xolphin on a subscription basis. With Subscription SSL you can enjoy the benefits of an SSL certificate with a longer validity period, despite the industry-wide limitation of the maximum validity period.

Limitation of validity period

As announced earlier this year, most browsers will no longer accept SSL certificates with a validity longer than one year from September 1, 2020. As a result, certificates with a term longer than 13 months will no longer be issued from August 18, 2020. On the one hand, a shorter duration increases safety, on the other hand it puts a greater burden on management and administration.

Sectigo launches Subscription SSL

Since August 18, Sectigo offers "Subscription SSL", which combines the security benefits of a shorter validity with the benefits of a longer validity. Not long after, DigiCert introduced a similar model for the DigiCert brands. A subscription gives a price advantage, for example with a 5-year subscription you only pay for 4 years. In addition to the price advantage, this also saves the annual choice moment; you don't have to worry about this for a longer period of time.

How does Subscription SSL work?

All types of certificates from Sectigo, DigiCert, Thawte and GeoTrust are available on a subscription basis, from 2 to a maximum of 5 years for Sectigo, the other brands up to 6 years. You pay once in advance for the full subscription period. This gives a price advantage: the price you pay in advance for, for example, a 5-year subscription is equal to 4 years of purchasing this certificate separately. So you save one year. Moreover, the administrative effort is limited: instead of every year, you only pay once every five years.

The technical lifespan of a certificate will have to be extended annually during the subscription period. You can renew the certificate once a year by submitting a new CSR, after which we go through the validation process again.

From now on you can request all SSL certificates from the above brands online for multiple years, you will then automatically receive a subscription. Subscription SSL has also recently become available via the Xolphin API.

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