SSL Certificates are a simple way to protect private information: passwords, credit card numbers submitted to your website, sensitive data of any kind. Your customers will have confidence knowing the information they enter on any secured page is protected by our industry proven SSL providers. Plus, an SSL (HTTPS) will also help boost your search rankings!
SSL certificate compatibility is an important factor to consider when choosing the right SSL solution for your needs. SSL compatibility is determined by the number of browsers that automatically include the root certificate that your certificate links up to. All of the popular certificate authorities issue certificate that are compatible with the vast majority of popular modern browsers. This is what makes them worth paying for. Another way to look at it is if they weren’t 99% compatible, you might as well create a self-signed certificate for free.
Commercial certificate authorities have established trust relationships with web browser vendors so that their certificates are embedded in their browsers. These popular browsers include: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Netscape to name a few. You can usually verify a browser’s SSL compatibility by looking in the browser’s “certificate store” to find out if a particular root certificate is included in a web browser. Because web browsers are easy to update, the certificates are updated often so that SSL browser compatibility is rarely an issue unless your visitors like to use very old unsupported browsers.
Due to the way that SSL encryption works servers don’t need to have root certificates embedded in them for SSL compatibility. You install your server certificate on the server and it will send those to the client/browser (and we can help you do this if you need it). Once installed correctly, the server works with a certificate signed by any certificate authority to ensure the data is encrypted while in transit over the internet.
Because mobile devices (such as Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iPhone, and Symbian OS) are much more difficult to update than normal web browsers, many root certificates are only included in newer mobile devices. This is important to understand if you have users with older mobile devices. Most major providers are compatible with the majority of mobile devices/cell phones. If you need to support older devices, make sure to research your compatibility list of the certificate provider that you decide on using the links below.
If you want to find out the SSL certificate compatibility of a specific certificate provider, check out the following links:
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