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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions On WildCard SSL Certificates

A WildCard SSL certificate has many advantages over a conventional SSL certificate, the most important one being it’s ability to secure not only your website URL, but also an unlimited number of its subdomains. Needless to say, a product with such  benefits does attract interest of a large pool of customers.

At RapidSSLOnline, a Certificate Authority of a wide range of brands such as VeriSign (Now Symantec), GeoTrust, Thawte, and RapidSSL, we  come across a lot of such customers on a daily basis, who are curious about this product, and have a variety of questions to ask before making a decision to buy it. And hence this post.

A follow up to my last article, which provided a brief overview of WildCard SSLs, this one aims to address most frequently asked questions on the web about the same and clears air about WildCard SSL security and how it works to protect small and wide level e-Commerce business over the web.

What is a WildCard SSL Certificate?

WildCard SSL Certificate holds the same encryption and decryption technology, which protects user’s confidential information while transferring it on the web, and additionally, it protects multiple sub domains on a single server and IP address. Every Wildcard begins with an asterisk * or “star”. The star represents the wildcard part of the SSL certificate. The star can be any sub domain that shares the same base domain.

Which level of businesses need WildCard SSL security?

It is a highly recommended SSL security solution to medium and wide level e-Commerce websites.

What  strength of encryption does WildCard Certificate hold?

It holds the advanced 256 bit encryption  strength for single and multiple sub domains protection.

What  level of security is included in WildCard Security SSL?

It protects a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) and Sub Domains on a Single Server and IP address.

Which brand’s WildCard SSL security holds an unlimited server license?

RapidSSL and GeoTrust. These are two major brands  whose WildCard SSL certificate security holds an unlimited server license.

What is the issuance time of WildCard SSL security certificate?

It can be issued within few minutes for a  single Domain Name.

What all web browsers are compatible with a  WildCard SSL certificate?

Here is a  list of web browsers  most compatible with WildCard Cert.

  • IE 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+
  • Firefox 1+, 2+, 3+
  • Netscape 4+
  • Opera 7+
  • AOL 5+
  • Safari

What validation method does WildCard Certificate hold?

It holds a complete domain validation.

Does it include trust mark or site seal feature?

Yes! Its includes the trust mark or site seal feature, which is essential  to gain trust and confidence of the users.

How does one  generate WildCard SSL Certificate CSR for any web server?

It is the same process, which holds other Domain Validated SSL certificate CSR. However, during the WildCard SSL generation, the common name should be * To get a better idea about WildCard SSL Certificate CSR generation, click here.

Is  WildCard SSL security android validated?

Yes, it is an Android Validated SSL security.

What is the difference between EV SSL and WildCard SSL?

EV SSL certificate is a complete domain authentication which protects single qualified domain only on a single server and IP, whereas  WildCard SSL is domain authenticated security, which protects sub domains and as well as main domains on single server and IP.

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Jim Armstrong is SSL Security Specialist at a Platinum Certificate Authority. is one of the most inexpensive SSL Certificate Providers in the world. You can reach him on , Twitter and Facebook.

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