Domain Validated (DV) certificates are a fast and simple way to secure your website with industry-standard up to 256-bit encryption. The process of obtaining one of these SSL certificates couldn't be easier and is usually handled with just a standard email. A file-based authentication method can also be used and is recommended if you have direct access to the server that hosts your domain name.
In order to receive a DV certificate from one of our trusted Certification Authorities (CAs), all you have to do is prove that you own the domain that you wish to protect. Since no extensive validation process is required, DV certificates are the most affordable type of SSL on the planet.
A DV certificate is your opportunity to show the public that any information they send to your site will be encrypted. Along with top-level encryption, you'll also receive an HTTPS web address and a secure padlock icon that indicates your website is protected by an SSL certificate. These days, your typical web user doesn't know what it takes to protect a website, but they know to look for that padlock icon and HTTPS when deciding if a site is secure or not.
Plus, as the web continues to move to an "HTTPS Everywhere" environment, with all sites equipped with at least a basic SSL certificate, businesses, like ecommerce websites and other sites that collect user information, are opting for an Organization Validated (OV) or, especially, Extended Validation (EV) certificate.
That's because indicators like HTTPS and the padlock icon are becoming more and more commonplace, so businesses are looking to EV to help them stand apart from their competitors, since these certificates are the only solutions that come with the green address bar, the most universally trusted indicator on the web.
Up to 256-bit encryption
HTTPS browser trust indicator
Browser secure padlock icon
A site seal from the respective CA
So, if you have an internal testing domain, a template site, or simple blog that you're looking to add basic encryption to, a DV certificate is a wise choice. They're great solutions for those who are only interested in encrypting their website and aren't especially worried about establishing trust with users. DV certificates will protect you, protect your visitors' information, and infuriate hackers.