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Security and trust – beginning with SSL!

SSL Certificates

  • Gain visitors' trust with an SSL encrypted website
  • Reap the rewards on Google with higher visibility
  • SSL certificates from Geotrust, powered by DigiCert: Worldwide leader in online security
SSL without Wildcard Protect a domain (does not include subdomains)
SSL with Wildcard Protect a domain, incl. all subdomains


Domain Validation (DV)

Organization Validation (OV)

Extended Validation (EV)

SSL Starter
SSL Business
SSL Premium

For private websites and blogs

For businesses and organisations

For e-commerce projects:
as secure as an online bank

£23.99/yearexcl. VAT
£54.99/yearexcl. VAT
£159.99/yearexcl. VAT
Prices excl. VAT may be subject to change dependent upon your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

Which SSL certificate should I buy?

The right selection of your SSL certificate depends on various factors and your individual needs. Please take a close look at the following scenarios that we have compiled for you:

Personal website
Business website
eCommerce website
More than one domain

I have a Personal website

If you are just starting out, or want to use the SSL certificate in order to secure your personal website or blog, then usually the domain validated SSL (DV) will suffice.

This way, all traffic is encrypted but no further validation is conducted.
Types of Websites
DV-Certificates are the right solution for simple websites like blogs, personal websites and simple Web Business Cards.

Do not use a DV-SSL certificate for eCommerce or other applications which require a higher level of trust.

DigiCert SSL – your SSL security

Together with partner DigiCert, we offer the best possible protection for your website
through a highly secure 256-bit SSL encryption.

DigiCert SSL Certificate

  • World's largest and most well known SSL provider
  • Unique additional services such as a daily malware scan
  • Global leader with vast experience in Internet security
Confidence in security – 1&1 delivers experience with our SSL certificates through years of collaboration with market leader DigiCert
Secure data transaction

Secure data transaction

SSL secures the browser connection between visitors and your website with a 256 bit encryption. All transmitted data is therefore neither visible or available to third parties.
SSL for every request

SSL for every request

Together with DigiCert, 1&1 offers a range of SSL certificates, tailored for different requirements: from the 1&1 SSL Starter certificate for private websites and blogs to the organisation validated 1&1 SSL Business certificate for corporate websites and eCommerce.
Anti-Phishing Protection

Anti-Phishing Protection

SSL Business adds protection against Phishing (attempting to gain sensitive data from usernames) by checking not only that your company owns, or has the right to use the domain, but also by verifying that the company is registered and in good standing.
Real-time scanning

Real-time scanning

Our SSL certificates are supported by continuous real-time checks which identify and analyse potential global threats. If a possible security problem emerges, your certificate will be automatically replaced.
DigiCert SSL

DigiCert SSL

Confidence in security – With DigiCert as our partner, leading SSL security standards are at your fingertips.
24/7 support

24/7 support

If you have any questions about your products or SSL certificates, our experts are available every day and around the clock.

Customer confidence and more - success with SSL

A website Google and your customers can trust

  • Your visitors and customers have greater confidence in SSL encrypted websites
  • Google rewards websites and online shops that are protected with SSL
  • A website which performs faster has a positive effect on sales and Google placement
Visibility, security and performance are the basis for Internet success. 1&1 SSL provides optimal support so that you can achieve success online
Top Google ranking

Top Google ranking

Google gives better ratings to websites with SSL, compared to sites without security certification. Professionally validated sites can receive up to 6% higher rankings in search results!
Faster loading times

Faster loading times

The HTTP/2 protocol accelerates server reaction time, allowing interactions to take place on the web without idling. Visitors to your website can move around without having to wait.
More visitors

More visitors

SSL certified websites are rewarded by Google with better search results, meaning more visitors and more trust in your website.
More customers, more sales

More customers, more sales

The SSL certificate available from 1&1 encrypts all data transactions made over the Internet, building trust with your customers - which can lead to more visitors, sales and orders!
FAQ about the topic:

What you need to know about web hosting with SSL

  • What is an SSL certificate and how can it help me?

    In simple terms, an SSL certificate is a communications protocol that provides security for web developers and users whilst using the Internet. This type of safeguard is important since the information sent across the Internet is essentially unsecured and, in theory, could be intercepted and accessed by a third party.

    SSL certificates provide a layer of confidentiality and security
    that ensures privacy for users when transferring sensitive information between websites or through email. For this reason an SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is integral to the successful operation of web based business and other concerns that deal with users' personal information.

    An SSL certificate is associated with your particular domain name and so, when you buy an SSL certificate from 1&1, you are ensuring that any data sent between your server and the client is secured against external threats. The user's browser decodes the data and displays the familiar lock icon for verification, in addition to this, rather than the usual "http" prefix, users will see "https" within the address bar.

    Since there are various types of SSL certificates, each website should select the most suitable certificate for the given application.
  • What are the different types of SSL certificates?

    In essence, there are three different types of SSL certificates available
    • DV - Domain Validation
    • OV - Organisation Validation
    • EV – Extended Validation
    Each of these conveys a different level of trust

    Domain Validation certificates are by far the most common SSL certificates. They simply provide a verification of the right of the applicant to a specified domain name – the perfect solution for smaller websites, forums, blogs, intranet and mail servers, or anyone who requires cheap SSL certificates. All traffic will be encrypted but no further validation is conducted.
    Level of trust: low

    The Organisation Validation certificate checks the legitimacy of a business. Organisations are strictly authenticated by checking business registry databases and documentation. The information about the business is included into the certificate. This way customers can validate the organisation operating a website. These additional checks ensure a higher level of trust and add a level of protection against phishing attacks.
    Level of trust: high

    For the Extended Validation certificate, extended checks verify the identity of the applicant. The Certificate Authority conducts a thorough vetting of the organisation, including verification of:
    • the legal status
    • physical operational existence
    • identity in line with official records
    • the authorised issuance of the EV SSL certificate
    This type of certificate is available for all types of business, however, they are most often used by public authorities.
    Level of trust: very high
  • How do SSL certificates work?

    SSL certificates work by establishing a trusted connection secured by end-to-end encryption between the website's server and the client's browser. This is accomplished almost instantly as the host and the provider communicate the particular SSL certificate and verify a common key. As the Internet has developed, so too have SSL certificates, providing increased security as external threats have become more sophisticated. This means that you will always be protected, despite the changeable nature of these external threats.

    It should be noted, that the level of encryption varies between 128 and 256 bits with the higher bit count providing greater possibilities for combinations of algorithms leading to greater security. In addition to this, SSL certificates are distinguished by browser compatibility, whether for single, sub or multiple domains, and the validation process of the domain or identity of the website. These safeguards ensure the security of your website and reassure your customers regarding their sensitive, personal details and data.
  • If I buy an SSL certificate from 1&1, how will it improve my Google rankings?

    SSL certificates are important, not only for the safety of users, but also for search engine optimisation (SEO) and website visibility. Since August 2014, Google has communicated that SSL should be implemented to ensure both in-house, and the Internet as a whole, is a safer place. For this reason, Google prioritises websites with valid SSL certificates, with their algorithms consistently ranking websites with SSL higher up the list.

    Whilst Google still recognises other aspects as important when ranking, the security of a website is paramount to its success and it is likely that even more weight will be placed on its user safety in the future. When you buy an SSL certificate, you will be able to offer your customers assurance as to their personal data and ensure that your website ranks higher than websites without SSL. Customers will appreciate the confidence your website inspires in them and return to your site again and again.
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