Question: What are EV Certificates?
Answer: Extended Validation (EV) Certificates are SSL Certificates that have been issued after a rigorous validation process. The cryptographic strength and security of an EV certificate is no different than that of a DV (Domain Validated) or OV (Organization Validation) certificate, but the identity verification is much stricter. The CA/Browser Forum sets forth validation requirements for EV. Detailed information can be found in their guidelines here.
They conform to the X509 standard just like any other SSL Certificate and are used for secure web communications with HTTPS. They may also be used to sign documents and software or code.
They have advanced features including additional trust indicators. The green address bar is a thing of the past, but the name has stuck and the details of the certificate are still viewable.
If you have a certificate you want to decode, head over to our Certificate Decoder.
Extended Validation Certificate Benefits
Extended Validation benefits are many times up for debate. It may come down to personal conviction and opinion. Commercial CAs generally hold the opinion that EV Certificates provide better assurance against phishing attacks. High profile websites that are often victim of these attacks may want to consider buying an Extended Validation Certificate.
Users are still required to be cognizant of the sites they are visiting. For users that do actively pay attention to the security of the websites they are visiting and interacting with they will check that the domain name belongs to the company they expect which can be done with a certificate with extended validation.
How to get EV Certificates
These certificates can be purchased from a commercial CA and are offered in multi year duration. They are compatible across browsers and usually come with warranties and support. If you’re looking for cheap EV certificates here are a few options below.
Sectigo (formerly Comodo) EV
EV Code Signing Certificates
Code Signing Certificates may also go through the extended validation process. We have written a more in depth article specifically on code signing certificates and the benefits of EV here.
Buying an EV Certificate
After reviewing the details of what these certificates are, click on one of the banners above to begin the process of purchasing an EV from a publicly trusted CA.
If you have any questions or would like more details about the EV process leave us a comment!