1. What certificate do you need?
The more extensive the validation, the more reliable it will be.
Domain validationSecure connection for non-public websites
Certificate without company data
Certificates with domain validation do not contain any company data. We only check whether the applicant has control over the domain for which the certificate is requested.The certificate is trusted by all browsers and offers a secure connection with 128/256-bit encryption.
Domain validation is done by sending a validation code to an email address of the domain for which the certificate is requested. Several types of email addresses can be used for this domain validation: admin, administrator, webmaster, hostmaster and postmaster@ of the domain for the domain in question. It is also possible to use the addresses from the domain name holder (whois) information for this.
For Sectigo certificates, it is also possible to upload a file to the website or add a record to the DNS for the purposes of the validation. During the order process, our system will indicate what file or record this should be.
Because no company data is included, the certificate is usually issued just several minutes after the domain validation has been completed. For suspect domains, manual verification may be required, which will increase the delivery time.
Organisation validationFor public websites without a commercial function
Certificate with company data
The certificates with organisation validation contain company data. With this company data, visitors of a website can verify whether they are visiting the correct organisations website. The company data is included in the certificate, but will not be prominently displayed like with EV certificates.
In addition to the domain validation with which the applicant shows that they have control over the domain for which the certificate was requested, the company data is also verified. To do so, we look at a public registry, such as that of the Chamber of Commerce, and we contact the organisation by phone.
The delivery time of the certificates differs per supplier. Because we have to conduct a verification by telephone, the delivery time is longer than that of domain validation. However, Sectigo certificates, for example, can be issued within fifteen minutes during office hours.
Extended validationFor webshops, banks and other commercial websites
Certificate with visible company data
Certificates with extended validation (EV) show the company data within one mouse-click and comply to very strict guidelines.
In addition to the domain validation with which the applicant shows that they have control over the domain for which the certificate was requested, the company data is also verified. To do so, we look at a public registry, such as that of the Chamber of Commerce, and we contact the organisation by phone. Some suppliers require documents to be signed and submitted to us.
Because of the extensive verification process we have to conduct, EV certificates have the longest delivery time. Processing EV applications for Sectigo usually takes a working day, while other suppliers might take slightly longer.