• Symantec SSL Certificates Now offer a FREE SAN for Base Domain Names.

        Mar 31 2015, 4:43 PM

        by The SSL Store™ 1

        The world’s most trusted online security brand Symantec has just announced that they will now secure www & non-www domain names with single SSL certificate & it will be considered the same FQDN! This is big news for us and all of our partners and customers.


        Finally, all Symantec SSL certificates will now consider the base domain as a free SAN or Subject Alternative Name, which simply means you can secure both versions of your website, and with single Symantec SSL Certificate. This is any easy thing that will reduce your cost and time to manage multiple certificates for one website.

        As the world’s leading brand, Symantec is always thinking about their partners and customers’ well-being and implementing new features like this to provide the best web security solutions on the planet. Symantec SSL certificates secure the majority of websites in the world and boasts the strongest encryption, unparalleled brand recognition, free Norton secured seal, which is just icing on the cake if you ask me.

        Here are the 3 use case for Symantec SSL certificates:

        • When you enroll with Common Name as , Symantec SSL now automatically secures and adds the non-www version of the same domain ( as a SAN for free.
        • When you enroll the Common Name as, Symantec will automatically add as a free SAN.
        • For a wildcard certificate: When the enrolled Common Name is *, Symantec will automatically add as a free SAN.

        1) When the Common Name is

        Symantec SSL will add the common name’s base domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name begins with “www” and does not contain sub-domains.

        –  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
        –  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

        TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) Yes –add
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) No
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) Yes – add
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) No
        Internal host/IP server.local No

        2) When Common Name is

        Symantec SSL certificates automatically add “www” to the common name’s domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name is a simple domain name without any sub-domains.

        –  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
        –  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

        TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) Yes –add
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) No
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) Yes – add
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) No
        Internal host/IP server.local No

        3) When Common Name is * (Wildcard SSL)

        Symantec SSL Certificate automatically add the common name’s base domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name is wildcard and does not contain sub-domains.

        –  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
        –  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

        TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) * Yes –add
        1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) * No
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) * Yes – add
        2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) * No
        Internal host/IP *.server.local No

        The following SSL products of Symantec are enhanced from this change:

        Symantec Thawte GeoTrust
        Secure Site Pro with EV SSL Web Server with EV True BusinessID with EV
        Secure Site with EV SGC Supercerts True BusinessID
        Secure Site Pro SSL Web Server ———-
        Secure Site Wildcard SSL Web Server Wildcard True BusinessID Wildcard
        Secure Site SSL SSL123 (DV But Allow) ———-

        *GeoTrust already offers as a free SAN when the common name is, but will now also add as a free SAN when the common name is

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      • Avoid SSL Certificate and Clients May Avoid You

        Oct 14 2014, 8:12 AM

        by The SSL Store™ 0

        Google recently announced the https certificate update to its search algorithm, it will directly impact on your website ranking, if your website carry the SSL Certificate then you will get the “Google Ranking” boost up. But think why Google is giving the more important to websites which has an SSL Certificate let me explain you.


        An SSL Certificate is create a secure layer between your web browser and visitors’ web browsers, and making important data like banking & personal details in encrypted format. As phishing attacks are increasing nowadays, online security is major concern for the world. Google believes that by penalized the websites which don’t have an SSL Certificate, owners of the websites create the benchmark that show users are more likely to visit a websites which are secure with “https” and by this way people become more aware about online web security and the companies are pushing their website with https certificate.

        Any authentic website without an SSL Certificate will see the impact of Google’s update immediately, as they decrease the organic traffic for their website and ranking. This could be disastrous for the online firms who do not upgrade their servers and website with SSL Certificate.

        The decrease is to effectively bury potential ‘scam’ websites at the bottom of search results, as Google believe those without SSL certificates are likely to be run by people looking to mine personal data for spam or fraudulent purposes.

        As we’ve already explained, a low ranking on Google could sound a death knell for online business, which are looking to attract new customers who search for online services or products. If you’re unsure if you have an SSL certificate or not, go to your webpage and look at the address bar.


        If your web address starts with ‘https’ and you can see a padlock symbol in the address bar, like the one above image, then you have an SSL certificate. If you do not see either of these then speak to your web hosts ASAP about upgrading your server as soon as they can.

        If you are new and don’t know anything about SSL Certificates, you no need to worry about it. You can easily buy an SSL Certificate by selecting 3 options through “SSL Wizard”.

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      • 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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