• Why Symantec SSL Certificates are the Most Trusted SSL Certificates in the World.

        Mar 30 2018, 4:25 PM

        by The SSL Store™ 0

        Internet security never looked the same after Netscape Communications created the SSL certificate in 1994. Looking at the Internet’s growing popularity then, it was easy to see it becoming a dangerous medium in not-so-distant future. Developers at Netscape took the cue and started putting in the effort to utilize strong encryption algorithms in the forming of an SSL certificate, to make sure the important data stored on the web is only seen by the intended parties. Thanks to their earnest efforts; today, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates have become an integral element of website security, especially in case of e-commerce and banking websites.

        SSL certificates are issued by Certificate Authorities (CAs), who manage security credentials and public keys for the actual message encryption. As Internet users became more aware of Cyber Security, SSL certificates became the most sought after solution to fight cyber crime. And it still is today, when it comes to safely securing a website. Which is why, the average buyer today is spoiled with the numerous CAs distributing a variety of SSL certificates in the market.

        In comes Symantec, and now it is very easy for buyers to zero in on a highly qualified and proven CA for issuing a trusted SSL certificate. Over the years, Symantec has maintained its position of being the top trusted CA distributing SSL certificates worldwide.

        Symantec – Behind the Brand

        Founded by Gary Hendix in 1982, Symantec is headquartered today in Mountain View, California. Although Symantec was originally focused on projects related to artificial intelligence, which included database programming, etc. But its association with SSL certificate was established later on when the internet-security giant, VeriSign sold its unit of business for trust & authentication services to Symantec which not only included SSL certificates, but Public Key Infrastructure, Verisign Trust Seal & Verisign Identity Protection services.

        Today Symantec is undoubtedly the most trusted SSL certificate provider that continues to work diligently to create tremendous brand equity and offer a unique blend of the latest technology, protection and efficient, yet extremely effective services to all its customers.

        According to a survey conducted by Netcraft in April 2012, Symantec had issued the highest number of active SSL certificates in the world. 811,511 to be exact, installed SSL certificates that year put them ahead of the nearest competitor by a difference of more than 200,000 certificates. This clearly indicates Symantec’s leadership in the market of global SSL certificate. Current data has sustained Symantec’s market position which deepens the trust organizations have in Symantec.

        SSL and Trust

        Both these terms go hand in hand when we are talking about Internet Security. Certificate Authorities like Symantec go through highly meticulous audits to earn the recognition of a ‘trusted issuer’ of digital certificates. Before issuance, every certificate offered by Symantec is vetted carefully. No partners or third parties take up this verification process on behalf of Symantec.

        Choosing a Certificate Authority is very important. Here, you need to know that its root is trusted in browsers and that the CA has reputation that will enhance the trust.

        Symantec SSL Features

        Apart from these efficient traits mentioned above, there are also few a Additional Features that add up to Symantec’s credentials.

        • Strong Browser Compatibility: Symantec certificates are nearly 100% compatible with all the mobile and desktop browsers.
        • Revocation & Replacement for Free: For all the certificates with same SAN numbers, revocation and replacement is available with management console free of cost.
        • Symantec Trust Center Account: With a mere login you can now view the status of your order, manage malware scanning, renew an expired certificate or download a backup certificate.
        • SAN Support: With Symantec, you can now include as many as 24 additional domains in the field of subject alternative names for Unified Communications and other uses. Installation Checker: Part of our free SSL tools, this applet is used to verify the correct installation of an SSL certificate.
        • Internationalized Domain Name: You can secure your websites with IDN support.
        • Unlimited Server Licensing: You can purchase licenses for multiple servers by hosting a single domain name. They are used for redundant server backups, server load balancing and SSL accelerators.

        Security Seals – the backbone of Trust

        Norton Secured Seal

        This little black checkmark on an yellow circle has a capacity to incur a tremendous amount of trust coming from millions of web-users across the world. As per the Consumer Research, January 2011, the Norton Secured® Seal is recognized by almost 77% of consumers, when compared to other competing trust marks that are available on the web.


        Assuring more than 40 million Norton Safe Web consumers that the site has been authenticated by Symantec, Norton Secured Seal offers significant value to Symantec customers, who display it. It is apparent after looking at the increase in consumers’ confidence & sale and a subsequent decrease in shopping cart abandonment. Over the years, the correct usage and placement of seal on the websites have built the value of the seal by establishing a familiar mark which is preferred by consumers.

        The Norton Secured® Seal, when displayed on a website, a strong message is sent across that suggests that end-users’ identity will be protected by Symantec Internet Infrastructure. However, the placement of this seal on the website is also a significant aspect. Website owners need to place it on the site wherever it is that the visitors need to be assured about the site’s authenticity and security.

        Symantec brand, in association with Norton provides all the consumers the ultimate confidence which is needed to execute online transactions and other activities on the Internet that requires integrity.


        All SSL certificates by Symantec come with this feature of ‘Seal-in-Search’ as a standard. This technology displays Norton’s Secured Seal placed next to your company details when you launch a search in a search engine.


        Among all the other results listed by the search engine, the website with Seal-In-Search stands out. This leads to an increased number of click-through, sales and conversions. In fact, as per Symantec US Online Consumer Study, February 2011, 94% of people say they are more likely make a purchase after looking at Norton Secured Seal.

        Along with the rise in cases of identity theft and cyber crimes, customers’ reluctance has heightened to browse a website that doesn’t look safe to them. Norton Secured Seal are viewed about half a billion times a day on more than 100,000 websites across 170 countries. This seal-placement suggests that that website is trusted by Symantec™. This increases the clicks for that website by almost 18.5%, as per

        Symantec Product Range

        As we explore the extensive range of certificates offered by Symantec, the top-notch services and excellent variety offered here makes it quite obvious why Symantec achieves highest number of SSL certificates issued worldwide.

        1. Symantec Secure Site Pro with EV

        Enable Server Grated Cryptography (SGC) with this certificate to ensure strong encryption.

        • Extended Validation with green address bar and organization name display
        • Multi SAN certificate – Secures up to 25 domains
        • 99.9% browser recognition
        • Encryption level – 256-bit (even in old browsers)
        • SGC Enabled
        • Uses chained certificates
        • Single Server – Additional server license can be purchased
        • Assured Re-Issuance
        • NetSure warranty of $1,500,000
        • 30 Days money back guarantee
        • Issuance Time – 2-3 week

        2. Symantec Secure Site with EV

        Get the Green-URL confidence with this certificate.

        • EV; Green URL and display organization’s name
        • Multi SAN certificate – secure up to 25 domains
        • 99.9% browser recognition
        • Encryption Strength – minimum 40-bit to 256-bit maximum.
        • Free Norton™ Secured Seal, Installation Checker, Vulnerability Assessment, Malware Scanning & Actionable Report
        • $1,500,000 warranty
        • Chained certificates are used
        • Single server – additional server licensees can be purchased
        • Issuance Time – 2-3 weeks
        • Free self-service re-issues.

        3. Symantec Secure Site Pro

        Protect your business against cyber threats with Symantec’s Secure Site Pro.

        • 2048 bit root certificate and 256-bit encryption
        • Free Norton™ Secured Seal, Installation Checker, Vulnerability Assessment, Malware Scanning & Actionable Report
        • $1,250,000 warranty – it is the highest warranty for a non-EV certificate
        • 99.9% mobile and browser compatibility
        • Issuance Time > 2 days; Express delivery
        • Full organization validation
        • Private IP addresses allowed
        • Secure multiple domains on a single IP address 
        • Certificate reflects domain and business name

        4. Symantec Secure Site

        Acertain trust in customers with Symantec SSL certificates  

        • Encryption Strength – 40-bit to 256-bit
        • Up to 25 domains can be secured
        • 99.9% mobile and browser compatibility
        • Highest non-EV/ non-SGC warranty of $1,000,000
        • Daily Malware scanning
        • Chained certificates used
        • Issued in less than 5 days
        • Free, unlimited self-service re-issues and Installation Guides
        • Customer Portal to manage new and existing orders
        • 30 days money back guarantee
        • Private IP address allowed
        • Certificate shows Domain & Business details
        • Free Installation Checker and Norton Secured Seal
        • Secure multiple domains on single servers that support SNI

        5. Symantec Code Signing Certificate

        Shrink-wrap your code for safe distribution

        • Authenticate processes to verify publisher identity
        • Digital Signature available for Microsoft Authenticode, VBA and Office, Sun Java, Adobe AIR and Macromedia Shockwave
        • Let your customers know your code is intact and safe to download
        • It includes warranty of $125,000
        • Get rid of disrupting security warnings
        • Time-Stamping to lower the total cost
        • Valid Code Signing certificate for Unlimited Signing
        • Sign Kernel-Mode software and device drivers

        6. Symantec Individual Code Signing Certificate

        Safely distribute your trustworthy code on the web as an individual. Its traits and benefits are same as that found in thhe regular Code Signing Certificate mentioned above.

        7. Symantec Secure Site Wildcard

        Secure Multiple Domains with single certificate

        • Efficiently secure unlimited number of sub-domains on single domain name
        • 256-bit encryption
        • 99.9% browser compatibility
        • 30 days money back guarantee
        • Warranty price $500,000
        • Issuance Period: 1-2 days
        • Free lifetime self-service reissues and Norton™ Secured Seal
        • Option of Installation Support available

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      • Do you need your own private Certificate Authority?

        Mar 29 2018, 10:28 PM

        by Elliot Samuels 3

        Do you have any intranet sites with a domain name like https://intranet.local? Or a mail server with an address like https://mail? These kind of internal-only domain names are very common but they pose a real problem.

        SSL certificates on an intranet

        Symantec and other Certification Authorities (CAs) and browser vendors, that make up the CA/Browser Forum have decided to stop issuing SSL certificates chained to a public root which cannot be resolved in the context of the public internet.

        This means that domain names need to be globally unique and not just unique on your network. So if you have a .local domain that you use internally, you will soon no longer be able to purchase a validated SSL certificate for this name.

        With the emergence of new gTLDs, such as .london, and the likelihood that many of the very common names used to identify server domains internally will be purchased and used by commercial organisations (names such as .red and .home have already been applied for and more will surely follow and unless you specifically own these gTLDs you will no longer be able to purchase a validated SSL certificate for them).

        Although this will improve security it creates challenges for organisations with servers that use these internal-only domain names or reserved IP addresses.

        Getting ready for the change

        Alternatives include switching to fully-qualified domain names, using self-signed certificates or setting up a private certification authority (CA) to authenticate internal domain names.

        For many companies, this last option – a private CA – is a smart way to get ready for the changeover as it requires the least change to existing systems and the lowest level of risk.

        The Symantec option

        Symantec recently announced its Private Certification Authority solution. It lets you avoid the risks and hidden costs of self-signed certificates and the switching costs of deploying fully-qualified internet domain names across your entire intranet.

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        Using Symantec’s bulletproof infrastructure, it covers requirements ranging from single-domain intranet SSL certificates, wildcard certificates up to self-signed CAs. It provides a hosted private SSL certificate hierarchy with end-entity certificates specifically built to secure your internal communications.

        Using the Managed PKI for SSL console assists in simplifying SSL management by letting you manage public and private certificates in one control center.  This helps you avoid the risk of unexpected expiries and issue new certificates as required. So if you have internal servers that use deprecated domain names then you need to consider a solution sooner rather than later.

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      • New Infographic: Six things that can kill your website and how to stop them.

        Mar 29 2018, 11:06 PM

        by Andrew Horbury 2


        Your website is your window on the world – it’s your shop front, your brand on display and a key route to market and perhaps your most essential sales and marketing tool. And as such it critical to your business: and if something bad were to happen then it would be a disaster your shop could be closed, your reputation tarnished and visitors stopped coming. This is why website security is so important.

        We’ve designed this infographic to help educate you and help you understand six threats to your website and what you can do to prevent them.

        1. Website malware

        Web servers can be attacked by malware, compromising legitimate websites and using them to infect visitors is an increasingly popular tactic for online criminals: in 2012, Symantec saw a three-fold increase in this type of web attack[1].

        2. Malvertising

        Criminals can also sneak malware infections onto legitimate ad-funded sites using malicious advertising or ‘malvertising’. Last year, more than 10 billion ad impressions were compromised in this way[2].

        3. Search engine blacklisting

        Google is reported to block 10,000 sites a day[3]. Search engines scan websites for malware and, if they find any on your site, your site could be blacklisted. This means that they stop listing the site, stop sending traffic to it and, depending on a visitor’s browser, they may also display a warning about the infection before the visitor goes to your site, even if they enter the address directly.

        Big names like TechCrunch and the New York Times have been blacklisted because they were found to be inadvertently running infected ads.[4]


        4. Security warnings and expired certificates

        Imagine that you’re a consumer and you’re ready to buy something but as you click on the checkout button, your browser gives you a security warning because of an out of date SSL certificate. The odds that you will complete the transaction are pretty low. Indeed, you’d think twice about coming back to the site in future.

        5. Brand impersonation (phishing)

        Criminals use well-known names and brands to trick people into disclosing confidential information or installing malware. Often, they use fake websites to fool people. A more recent development has been the use of social media to lure people to fake websites where they disclose information, such as social media website passwords, in the hope of some reward such as free vouchers or a free phone.

        6. Customer security concerns

        With so much criminality and so many security concerns, it’s not surprising that people are wary when using websites and look for reassurance that they are safe. Trust marks, such as the Norton™ Secured Seal show people that you take security seriously. They also demonstrate that your site is scanned regularly for malware and other vulnerabilities.

        Choose the right partner

        With so much at stake, it has never been more important to choose a well-known, reputable security partner. Symantec already secures more than one million web servers worldwide[5]. If you’re looking for trust, security and confidence for your website, Symantec is the right partner. Read more in our whitepaper.

        [1] Symantec ISTR 18

        [2] Online Trust Alliance, accessed 12 March 2013,

        [4] ‘Google Flags Ad Network Isocket for Alleged Malware; chrome blocks TechCrunch, Cult of Mac, others (Updated)’, The Next Web, accessed 12 March 2013,

        [5] Includes Symantec subsidiaries, affiliates, and resellers.

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