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RapidSSL® Certificates help you keep your customers' transactions secure with strong encryption, and you'll speed through enrollment with automated domain control validation. We keep our costs down and pass the savings on to you.

10 Reasons to Buy RapidSSL

  • Value priced A low-cost SSL certificate from a leading certificate authority.
  • Get it fast: anytime, any day of the year Automated validation delivers your SSL Certificate to you in minutes without faxing documents.
  • Easy to install 24/7 Web support and step-by-step documentation give you a secure site in minutes.
  • Reduce security alerts 99+% browser support of root certificate means customer confidence won't be lost to security alerts.
  • Secured with strong encryption Up to 256-bit SSL encryption protects transactions and confidential data in transmission.
  • Delivered by a leading certificate authority is a subsidiary of GeoTrust, a highly trusted, internationally recognized certificate authority.
  • Reliable infrastructure The GeoTrust global infrastructure has unmatched reliability.
  • Expert support Extensive online knowledge base available 24/7 with email support during business hours.
  • Backed by a free warranty $10,000 warranty protects against mis-issuance.
  • Money-back guarantee You have 7 days to try RapidSSL. If you don't like it, get your money back.


Q: What is SSL?

A: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol for enabling data encryption on the Internet and for helping web site users confirm the owner of the web site. SSL is most commonly used to protect communications between web browsers and servers. However, it is increasingly used for server to server communications and for web-based applications.

Q: How long does enrollment take and how soon will I be able to secure my site?

A: An SSL certificate may be issued within minutes of submitting your enrollment information as long as the information is correct and the authorized administrator responds promptly to the confirmation email. RapidSSL® Certificates and RapidSSL® Wildcard both use an authentication process to verify domain control validation.

Q: What is domain control validation?

A: RapidSSL will confirm domain control by sending an email to the administrator listed with the registrar for the domain. If the authorized administrator does not reply, a second email will be sent to an email address at the domain such as info@ or support@. (You may select a secondary email address during the enrollment process.) In addition to validation by email, you will be asked to provide a telephone number where you can be reached immediately after submitting your enrollment. If everything checks out, the SSL certificate is issued.

Q: What is encryption and why are there different levels?

A: Encryption is a mathematical process of coding and decoding information. The number of bits (40-bit, 56-bit, 128-bit, 256-bit) tells you the size of the key. Like a longer password, a larger key has more possible combinations. When an encrypted session is established, the encryption level is determined by the capability of the web browser, SSL certificate, web server, and client computer operating system.

Q: How do web site visitors know if a web site is using SSL?

A: When a browser connects to a secure site it retrieves the site's SSL certificate and checks that it has not expired, that it has been issued by a Certificate Authority the browser trusts and that it is being used by the web site for which it has been issued. If it fails on any one of these checks the browser will display a warning to the end user. If it succeeds, several security indicators are built into modern browsers to indicate that SSL is enabled.

  • The beginning of the URL or web address changes from http:// to https://
  • A padlock on the browser window changes from open to closed
  • The address bar will turn green and display the name of the web site owner when connecting to a web site protected by an Extended Validation SSL certificate. In addition, a trust mark such as the RapidSSL site seal may be added to web pages on a secure site.

Q: What does browser recognition mean?

A: When a browser or operating system encounters an SSL certificate, it checks to make sure that the certificate is valid and trusted. An SSL certificate is trusted if it is signed by a "trusted" or pre-installed root certificate. If a browser that does not contain the root CA certificate used to issue the SSL certificate, a security warning will alert them.

Q: What is a certificate signing request or CSR?

A: A CSR is a public key that you generate on your server according to your server software instructions. (If you do not have access to your server, your web host or Internet service provider will generate it for you.) The CSR is required during the SSL certificate enrollment process because it validates the specific information about your web server and your organization.

Q: What is a public/private key pair?

A: SSL uses unique cryptographic key pairs: each key pair consists of a secret private key and a related public key. Information encrypted with a public key can only be decrypted with the corresponding private key, and vice-versa.

99+% Browser Recognition:

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security protocol that requires a web server and browser to work together to establish an encrypted channel for the exchange of information. Seamless trust between a browser and server depends on the browser's ability to trust the SSL provider.

When Servers and Browsers Connect

  • When a web browser attempts to connect to a server secured with SSL, the browser requests identification. * The server sends the browser a copy of its SSL certificate.
  • The browser checks whether it trusts the SSL certificate. If so, it sends a message to the server.
  • The server sends back a digitally signed acknowledgement to start an SSL encrypted session.
  • Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the server.

Trusting the SSL Certificate

Browsers determine whether or not to trust an SSL certificate by checking the source of the certificate issuance. If the SSL certificate is issued by a Certificate Authority that is known and trusted by the browser, the browser extends that trust to the web site secured by the SSL certificate. If the certificate is self-signed or issued by an unknown Certificate Authority, the browser may display an alert or security warning.

Root Certificate Ubiquity

Most browser vendors release their software with pre-installed root certificates from known Certificate Authorities. An SSL certificate's root ubiquity or level of browser recognition (also called browser compatibility) reflects the number of browsers that trust the Certificate Authority. There may be a few older or uncommon browsers missing root certificates. This is why SSL providers do not claim 100% browser compatibility.

apidSSL Certificates are recognized by more than 99+% of browsers.

RapidSSL Certificates are recognized by more than 99+% of browsers

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RapidSSL Products
RapidSSL Certificates
RapidSSL Certificates
List Price: $49.00
Our Price: $39.00