Extended Validation (EV) Cetificate

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What is an EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificate?

Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates are the next generation SSL certificate because they help protect against phishing attacks. They work with high security Web browsers (e.g. Microsoft IE) so that sites with EV certificates will get a green indicator in the address bar. EV SSL certificates represent new industry guidelines for e-merchant identity verification developed the CA/B Forum.


What is EV Enhancer?

The Comodo EV and EV+SGC Certificates1 both come with EV Enhancer (US $300.00 value), a technology that enables IE7 on Windows™ XP client systems to display the green address bar, organization name and other EV interface conventions2. EV Enhancer works by prompting existing root update functionality in Windows Internet Explorer on visiting client systems, thus enabling the client to recognize the SSL Certificate's EV status. Without a root update, no Windows XP client will ever see the green bar on your Web site. Once a client system has a specific EV SSL root installed (by the way of EV Enhancer or user installation from the Microsoft® Web site) that client will experience "green bar" behavior whenever connecting to a valid EV SSL Certificate on that same root3.

1. The new Extended Validation SSL standard is expected to be adopted by the most popular Internet browsers, starting with Microsoft IE7 at the end of January 2007.
2. The green address bar interface will function with IE7 running on Windows Vista.
3. The root installation affects only the root in question and does not enable that client for EV behavior with any other root.


What are the benefits of EV SSL certificates to Web site owners?

An EV SSL Certificate increases transactional trust because your site has the .green bar. in IE 7 and your competitor's site does not. That.s a competitive advantage that translates into higher conversion and more revenue.


Is my existing High Assurance SSL certificate still sufficient for protecting online transactions?

SSL certificates will continue to provide security encryption to make sure that data being transferred between your website and the browser can not be stolen. And, your current high assurance SSL certificate will continue to be viewed as an identity assurance certificate far superior to low assurance or domain only validated certificates. Today and in the future, your high assurance SSL certificate still provides excellent identity assurance to users who do not have the "EV enabled" browsers yet.