As the Internet grows as a medium of communication, commerce and interaction, so do the prevalence of risks and security threats. One way to effectively protect your domain is with an SSL certificate.

How SSL Works

SSL – Secure Sockets Layer – is a protocol in the form of a certificate that can be installed with any hosted domain to improve the security of the website and email. In short, SSL is installed to the hosting server and encrypts communications. At a more advanced level, SSL certificates also include organizational validation and vetting, to encourage the highest level of confidence to your website’s visitors.

In order to use SSL, you must have a hosted domain. The domain host provides a special key, called a CSR (Certificate Signing Request), which is integrated within the SSL certificate to verify the correct domain and usage. The SSL certificate is then installed into the hosting server, automatically updated and securing the associated domain.

For a demonstration of how SSL works, watch this helpful video made by GlobalSign, our certificate authority (CA):

Identifying SSL

There are several ways to identify a website with SSL installed. From a technical perspective, SSL changes the regular protocol, HTTP, to a more secure protocol, HTTPS, and changes the default port for communications. From a user perspective, most browsers display a padlock icon with the URL, identifying that it is secured. The highest level of SSL also turns the URL field green in some browsers.

Securing Domains

SSL certificates are provided by organizations called Certificate Authorities (CAs) – also referred to as Signing Authorities. These organizations are often well-known digital security experts, working continuously to improve their products. Our SSL certificates are provided by GlobalSign, a well-establish company known for SSL and other digital security. After reviewing many CAs, we’ve decided that GlobalSign provides the highest value in SSL for your needs.

SSL is most often used with business or organization websites, particularly with secure information, personal details, or e-commerce. SSL is still optional for smaller or personal websites, and there are introductory levels (such as AlphaSSL) that are ideal for these basic needs.

Types of SSL offers four major types of SSL:


Starting with a basic level of encryption and the most standard configuration options, AlphaSSL ideal for personal websites or small businesses without e-commerce.


With more complex configuration, DomainSSL is ideal for small-to-medium businesses or organizations without complex security needs beyond basic e-commerce.


With the most advanced selection of configuration options, OrganizationalSSL is ideal for medium-to-large businesses or organization with complex security needs, customer accounts, sensitive information, and e-commerce.


With the highest level of security, encryption, and insurance, ExtendedSSL is ideal for high-security businesses and organizations with extremely sensitive personal or financial information.

Adding SSL to Your Domain

Securing your domain is easy with SSL, and a massive win in terms of risk mitigation and customer confidence. You can see our full range of GlobalSign SSL certificates and find the right type for your needs.

For more information about our SSL Certificates, click here for our FAQ articles.