GeoTrust Extended Validation (EV) Features
What is an EV SSL Certificate?
Extended Validation or "EV" is the new standard developed and agreed upon by the major Certificate Authorities like GeoTrust® and Symantec (formerly VeriSign®) and the major browser vendors to authenticate and issue next-generation SSL certificates.
EV SSL certificates help protect your site from phishing scams and assure your customers that they are dealing with a business or organization that has been thoroughly checked out using the New EV standard.
So What’s the Big Deal?
The green bar is part of the big deal (take a look now at your browser's address bar to see it live). EV certificates create an improved visual experience for the user by turning the address bar green for sites that have obtained an EV SSL certificate when using a high-security browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Included in the green bar are the legal name of your company and the GeoTrust name.
The green address bar is an instant visual queue to your customers that your site is a trusted site and has met rigorous EV authentication standards. Higher trust means more business for you.
GeoTrust EV SSL is Ideal for...
An EV certificate requires extensive background checks by GeoTrust staff and requires advanced planning and cooperation on your part. Before you place an order for an EV certificate please review the EV validation requirements.
Authentic GeoTrust Dynamic Site Seal Included
Every new GeoTrust True BusinessID SSL is outfitted with a real-time GeoTrust Site Seal. Boost customer confidence and increase sales by displaying the GeoTrust Site Seal.
The Site Seal is clickable by your customers. When clicked, a new window opens showing the authenticity of your SSL certificate along with the name and location of your business or organization. Customer-assurance and confidence builds stronger online follow-through and sales.
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EV SSL FAQ
Q: Who can get an EV SSL certificate?
A: Corporations, LLCs, sole proprietorships, partnerships, governments, and schools. Basically any entity that is legally registered with your local or state government.
Q: Can I apply for an EV certificate as an individual?
A: No, individuals, that are not registered as a sole proprietorship, cannot apply for EV.
Q: How quick can I get it?
A: True BusinessID EV can take 3-5 days to complete.
Q: Will I have to submit any documentation?
A: Yes, True BusinessID EV is a rigorously vetted SSL certificate that requires background checks at the organizational level. Please see the required documents and vetting process outlined here.