Providing a secure connection to your website with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate is one of the easiest methods of demonstrating to your visitors that you take security seriously. However not all SSL certificates are considered equal or provide the same assurances. Determining which is best for you and your business is an important choice and depends on your particular needs.
By this point you surely have noticed the little padlock that appears next to a website’s address bar when browsing the web – and perhaps even gotten a security warning when that’s not configured correctly. What does it mean, why should you want it and how can you get it on your own website?
Google, Firefox, and Apple certainly think so. Extended Validation (EV) SSLs are effectively being put out to pasture. Upcoming changes to Chrome and Firefox will soon remove the EV badge from their browsers, citing concerns with its diminished reputation for protecting consumers.