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Essential SSL versus Positive SSL

Posted on | September 14, 2010 | 3 Comments

Comparing SSL Certificates

After being asked to explain the difference between Essential SSL Certificates and Positive SSL Certificates, we thought it best to write a brief article explaining the difference between these types of certificates in case others had the same question.   First I will show all of the details of a Positive SSL Certificate, which I will follow with details of Essential SSL Certificates, and then a brief comparison between these Certificates.

Positive SSL Certificates

Positive SSL Certificates are one the most cost effective SSL Certificate available today. Issued within 10 minutes, Positive SSL Certificates provide a quick cost effective solution to secure your customer transactions. More importantly, your customers are assured that it is safe to do business with you because sensitive information is encrypted and remains private.

  • Domain validated certificate
  • 1024 bit Industry Standard SSL Certificate
  • Unlimited Re-Issuance Policy
  • 99.3% Browser Compatibility
  • 128/256 bit encryption
  • 30 day Refund Policy
  • $10,000 relying party warranty

Essential SSL Certificate

Essential SSL provides domain validation but does not authenticate the business behind the online business. Essential SSL Certificates come with a golden padlock and 99.3% browser trust, and are ideal for non-ecommerce sites that require encryption. With Essential SSL certificates, in minutes you can have a high level of security with the golden padlock that your customers will look for to verify that your site is secure.

  • Domain validated, 2048 bit Industry Standard SSL Certificate
  • Immediate “No Hassle” SSL certificate issuance 24/7
  • Automated validation – no paperwork
  • FREE site seal
  • Risk free 30 day refund policy
  • Unlimited Re-Issuance Policy
  • Free Registration in IdAuthority
  • Trusted by all popular browsers with 99.3% Ubiquity
  • $10,000 relying party warranty


The major difference here is that the Essential SSL Certificate does come with a free site seal, whilst the Positive SSL Certificate doesn’t. Generally, Essential SSL Certificates should be used when the customer is setting up a service that will require secure interfacing with clients and growth in confidence will help. Positive SSL could be well utilised for a web service that does not require the site seal and etc, but rather just needs the information passing to and from the service to be encrypted.


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