Are all SSL certificates the same?

No there are many different types of SSL certificates based on the number of domain names or subdomains owned, such as:

  1. Single – secures one fully-qualified domain name or subdomain name
  2. Wildcard – covers one domain name and an unlimited number of its subdomains
  3. Multi-Domain – secures multiple domain names

and the level of validation needed, such as:

  1. Domain Validation – this level is the least expensive, and covers basic encryption and verific…
  2. Organization Validation – in addition to basic encryption and verification of ownership of the …
  3. Extended Validation (EV) – this provides the highest degree of security because of the thorough examination that is conducted before this certificate is issued (and as strictly specified in guidelines set by the SSL certification industry’s governing consortium). In addition to ownership of the domain name registration and entity authentication, the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity is verified. This type of certificate usually takes a few days to several weeks to receive.