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 CAA Records
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A CAA record lets Certificate Authorities know who is and isn’t authorized to issue digital certificates for a site. Though you’re not required to, we recommend setting one up to help defend against mis-issuance.

 CSR Generation
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After purchasing, the next step in the SSL process is to generate your order and submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to the issuing Certificate Authority (CA) for processing. A CSR is simply encoded text that is created on your web server and contains information about the SSL certificate requester. This information includes, but is not limited to, the domain name for the certificate (referred to as a “Common Name”) which may require special formatting, the organization name, and a contact email for the certificate. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to generate a CSR on the most common web servers and hosting platforms:

 Exporting
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At some point, during the lifespan of your SSL Certificate, it may be necessary for you to export it from a server. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to export an SSL Certificate from the most common web servers and hosting platforms.

 Installation
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After validation, the next step in the SSL process is to complete the technical installation process on your web server or hosting platform. This process will require the certificate requester or technical contact to have direct access to their web server or hosting platform to configure the necessary SSL files accordingly. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to install an SSL certificate on the most common web servers and hosting platforms. You will also find instructions for systems wherein an SSL certificates must be enabled, not necessarily installed.

 Reissuing
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Sometimes, you have to reissue an SSL Certificate. In order to reissue an SSL certificate, you must either locate the original CSR saved on your server or make a new one (recommended), log into your control panel and re-submit it to the Certificate Authority (CA). Some certificates may require you to re-complete a step of the validation process as well. The below article contains instructions on how to reissue an SSL certificate.

 Renewing
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SSL Certificates do not last forever. They have lifespans of 1-3 years, which means they’ll need to be renewed if you want to keep your website protected following their expiration. The below article contains instructions on how to renew an SSL Certificate

 Site Seals
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Site Seals are highly identifiable visual indicators that come with SSL Certificates to advertise the fact that a website is encrypted. Installing a site seal along with your SSL Certificate is a very straightforward process. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to install site seals from the top Certificate Authorities.

 Validation
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After generation, the next step in the SSL process is to complete the stringent validation process set forth by the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). Each certificate type has a different set of requirements that you or your business has to complete. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to complete the validation process.

Articles

 All About Private Keys

Your private key is the single most important component of your SSL certificate. It’s what gives you the power to authenticate your website to internet users, helps to enable encryption and prevents others from impersonating you. You’re going to...

 Combining Multiple Intermediate Certificates

Due to the limitations on select browsers and mobile devices, Certificate Authorities often do not have their Intermediate Certificates deployed for various reasons such as size limitations. Without these Intermediate Certificates being either...

 Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Certificates

Cryptography, the science of encrypting data and information, is the backbone of SSL. Every time you visit a website that is secured by an SSL certificate, your computer works with that website’s server to encrypt and then decipher all data sent...

 Explaining the Chain of Trust

A brief overview of PKI (Private Key Infrastructure) and why your certificate is trusted. One of the most common questions we field is in relation to the “Chain of Trust.” If you’ve ever had any questions about roots, intermediates or how SSL...

 How to Check a Certificate’s Expiration Date (Chrome)

Get certificate information on any website in just a few clicks. Checking your SSL certificate’s expiration date on Google Chrome is fairly easy. Depending on which version of Chrome you’re running, it can be done within just a few clicks. Here’s...

 How to Create a .pem File for SSL Certificate Installations

.pem SSL Creation Guide SSL .pem files (concatenated certificate container files), are frequently required for certificate installations when multiple certificates are being imported as one file. This article contains multiple sets of...

 Multi-Domain Wildcard Certificates

If you are looking to secure multiple wildcard domains, but want to keep them all under one certificate, look no further than the Multi-Domain Wildcard SSL certificates. Offered by all major Certificate Authorities, these SSL Certificates are a...

 SSL Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers. Get all the help you need from our friendly SSL experts. Sales/Order Processing Why are we cheaper? We are a very important Symantec & Comodo Platinum Partner and we purchase SSL certificates in extremely...

 Troubleshooting Insecure Content

One of the most common issues site owners run into when installing and SSL certificate and migrating to HTTPS is Insecure Content. This error is produced when content on a secure website is being loaded through a non-secure source. An example...

 Troubleshooting a Name Mismatch in Web Browser

A Name Mismatch in the Web Browser occurs when the common name listed on an SSL certificate doesn’t match the name displayed in the URL bar. In order for an encrypted connection to commence, both the name on the certificate and the name in the URL...

 Understanding Different Certificate Types

If you’re new to the world of SSL certificates, trying to find the certificate that best suits your needs can seem like an impossible task. Use this guide to find the perfect certificate to match your needs. Single Domain Certificates Single...

 Understanding Hash Functions

Maybe now you’ll finally understand the name of our blog Hashing is simply the practice of using an algorithm to map data of any length to a fixed-length output. It’s useful in a number of ways and plays a role in several different types of...

 What is Certificate Transparency

Why logging SSL certificates makes the internet safer Certificate Transparency is a mechanism used to publicly log SSL certificates, this helps website owners and watchdogs detect mis-issuance. Of all the threats facing the SSL industry,...

 What is the Difference Between SHA-2 and SHA-2-Full-Chain

While you’re generating your SSL/TLS Certificate you may see an option to select a from 2 different hashing algorithms. You’re given a choice between SHA-2 and FULL SHA-2. SHA-2 is also sometimes referred to as SHA-256. But what’s the difference,...

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