High assurance SSL-certificate – is a basic type of certificate, which is frequently issued by CA’s. Before the certificate can be issued, Certificate Authorities have to verify two things: ownership of a domain name and a valid business registration. Both of them will be included in the certificate, so that visitors of the website can ensure that you are exactly who you say you are and your website is legitimate. Because this process requires manual validation, high assurance SSL-certificates could be issued within anytime in between an hour to several days.
What is low assurance certificate?
Low Assurance SSL-certificate – a certificate that contains only the domain name (rather than the name of the company or organization). Certificate Authorities usually able to automatically check the fact of belonging domain name to respective owner using WHOIS records. Such certificates can be issued fairly quick, furthermore these certificates are low-priced because, as their name implies, they provide a lesser degree of reliability to your customers.
There are also medium assurance certificates and Very High assurance certificates. Medium assurance certificates are validated by domain, but they are also allow you to get a dynamic Site Seal. Clicking on a dynamic Site Seal will display to your customers domain name and validation period.
Sometimes you will see a Very High assurance certificates. This option is only available for EV certificates which are issued within 10 days and require more documentation than OV certificates. EV certificates provide the following benefits – the green address bar, as well as the company name in the address bar of your browser. In most cases, Very High Assurance and High Assurance are regarded as synonyms.