|AlphaSSL is owned by GlobalSign, the second oldest Certificate Authority (CA) next to Symantec. As they are the second oldest CA, their SSL certificates are recognized by 99% of all web browsers.|
AlphaSSL certificates are chained certificates. This means they provide the same level of acceptance but with a higher level of security than single-root certificates. In fact, PayPal uses a chained certificate for their own website.
- Provides more security than single-root certificates! Chained SSL certificates are more secure than single-root certificates since installing an intermediate certificate keeps the top root certificate secure. It is important to keep the root certificate secure since the security of any SSL certificate depends solely on the root certificate.
- More bang for your buck! Covers both 'versions' of your domain with one SSL certificate. Example: Secures both https://www.yourdomain.com and https://yourdomain.com if you order a SSL certificate for the hostname, "www.yourdomain.com".
- Provides up to 256-bit encryption for your website.
- Works with much more micro/cell phone browsers than RapidSSL.
- Is issued from a 2048 bit Root Certificate which meets the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) recommendation to use 2048 bit keys.
- Can be a little more difficult to install than RapidSSL.
Compatibility ListThe following applications recognize AlphaSSL certificates:
|Web Browsers (SSL/TLS enabled)
Micro Browsers & Handsets (SSL/TLS enabled)
|Email Clients (S/Mime)
What is SSL?SSL facilitates e-commerce by encrypting communication between your customer's browser and your server.