What is Extended Validation(EV) certificates?

Extended validation SSL certificate is the highest level of SSL certificate, it turns the browser address bar in to green, it is widely considered that it helps in improving trust and more sales. This certificate can only be issued after several level of verifications, certificates issued by a CA (Certificate Authority) under the EV guidelines are not structurally different from other certificates (and hence provide no stronger cryptography than other, cheaper certificates), but are designated with a CA-specific policy identifier so that EV-aware software can recognize them.

Only CA (Certificate Authority) who pass an independent audit as part of their Web-trust (or equivalent) review may offer EV, and all CAs globally must follow the same detailed issuance requirements which aim to:

  • Establish the legal identity as well as the operational and physical presence of website owner;
  • Establish that the applicant is the domain name owner or has exclusive control over the domain name; and
  • Confirm the identity and authority of the individuals acting for the website owner, and that documents pertaining to legal obligations are signed by an authorized officer.

EV SSL Certificate

Most of the Extended Validation SSL Certificates are compatible with the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • IE 7.0+
  • Mozilla 3+
  • Safari 3.2+
  • Opera 9.5+

Supported Mobile Device Browsers:

  • Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer
  • Palm / Handspring Blazer 2.0+
  • Blackberry
  • AT&T
  • Netfront 3.0+
  • Safari for iOS (iPhone 3GS and later)

This is all about the Extended Validated (EV) SSL certificates.


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