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What are DV, OV and EV SSL certificates?

Hint: Every SSL certificate is classified as one

Three levels of brand protection

Level up your website identity safeguards.


Domain Validated (DV)

We check to see that you control a website domain with a one-step process.

Organization Validated (OV)

We verify domain ownership and take eight other steps to verify that your business is legitimate.

Extended Validation (EV)

We vet all of the same details above and more with an 18-step process to ensure your website is valid and in safe hands.

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Not every SSL-secured website is authentic

Your certificate determines the level of identity you verify.

Domain Validated (DV) certificates are the easiest SSL certificates to obtain, requiring only a one-step domain verification process. That means not every SSL-secured website signals a safe domain.

To understand what classifies as a DV, OV or EV SSL certificate, you must also understand how certificates are issued by authorized Certificate Authorities (CAs) like GeoTrust. CAs are trusted third parties that issue TLS/SSL certificates by authenticating several details related to a website and its ownership.

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Certificates provide two layers of website protection

Encrypting data and securing your brand.

TLS/SSL certificates are two things: first, they provide a secure connection between a website by encrypting the data that is passed between users and the domain. Secondly, certificates verify the ownership and identity of the business or person that owns the URL. Just as a certificate would in the physical world, a digital certificate is essentially certifying your right to represent your business or organization online.

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