At Localnode, we strive to provide our first class hosting clients with the best service possible. One of our services involves obtaining and issuing SSL certificates to help our clients keep their websites secure. Until recently, our go-to provider for SSLs was Comodo.
The decision to switch from Comodo to GlobalSign is not one we made lightly. When we compared the two products, we couldn’t deny that GlobalSign is a superior product – and that fits right in with our superior hardware, software, and superior network.
Ahead of the Curve
We’re aware that some of our clients may be surprised by the switch. Comodo has a much larger market share than GlobalSign. There are close to two million websites using Comodo SSLs and less than 250,000 using GlobalSign.
That said, market share isn’t everything. Because we put our first class hosting clients’ needs first, it’s our responsibility to go above and beyond when we evaluate the products we use on their behalf. In other words, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes to web security.
GlobalSign certificates will, we believe, offer our clients the best possible security for their websites. We know that you trust us to make recommendations based on our knowledge and experience. Comodo certificates work, but we feel that GlobalSign is the best choice for our clients.
Key Differences Between Comodo and GlobalSign
Because we always want to provide the best possible service to our first class hosting clients, we evaluate new products and technologies as soon as they become available. Comodo is not a bad product, but there are some significant things that we believe GlobalSign does better than Comodo.
- GlobalSign's SSL standard is built around the most robust SSL encryption that’s available, SHA-256 and 2048 bit RSA keys. In other words, it’s not possible to buy an SSL with better SSL encryption.
- GlobalSign SSL certificates offer elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) support, something that Comodo doesn’t do.
- GlobalSign SSL certificates include SGC Security as a standard feature.
- 99.9% of all browsers recognise GlobalSign certificates and have the most extensive root key portfolios in the business. That means that users will be able to recognise your site regardless of which browser they use.
- All devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers, will recognise GlobalSign's SSL certificates.
In addition to these things, GlobalSign is a WebTrust-certified certificate authority.
One of the most significant differences between GlobalSign and Comodo is in the way they issue certificates. GlobalSign issues certificates very promptly to anyone who requests one. They provide top-notch customer service, something that’s very important to us in any product we recommend for our first class hosting clients.
Comodo is still a well-respected company, but because of their market share, they tend to favour large companies over small ones when it comes to customer service. We strongly believe that every one of our clients deserves the best possible service and that’s why we recommend GlobalSign.
We do think it’s important to note that GlobalSign is a bit more expensive than Comodo. However, we feel that their enhanced security features and superior customer service are the best matches for our valued clients despite the higher cost.
GlobalSign's SSL Certificates
GlobalSign offers a range of SSL certificates designed to suit your needs. If you have a single domain name, you can go for the least expensive version. Large companies with multiple domains will require additional security.
Here are the four certificate levels available:
- The Alpha SSL is the most basic web certificate. It will protect your domain and activate the green lock symbol in the browser bar.
- The Alpha SSL Wildcard includes the regular Alpha SSL certificate plus a wildcard certificate
- The Organisation SSL is the next step up. It activates the green padlock, but users undergo more validation to validate their business or organisation, increasing trust in visitors.
- The Extended Validation SSL is the most comprehensive SSL that Localnode offers. Users on this certificate also go under validation, but more extended than organisation validated SSL’s. This certificate provides the most trust to visitors. It activates the green lock and the green address bar.
One thing we like about GlobalSign's SSL certificates is that they secure your full domain name (www.domain.com) and the truncated version (domain.com). Their wildcard SSL secure any subdomains you own (*.domain.com) and the root domain as well. GlobalSign's official statement about domain security says:
For Certificates issued to sites beginning with www (or * for Wildcards), we will add the non-www or non-*version of your domain as a SAN - free of charge. Your Certificate will work for www.domain.com and domain.com.
The first two certificates, the Alpha SSL and the Alpha SSL Wildcard, take only about an hour to issue because they use WHOIS information to confirm your data. The Organisation SSL and the Extended Validation SSL use CA/Browser forum guidelines and can take between one and four days to issue.
You can find more information about each of these SSL options here.
Are Comodo Certificates Still Available?
While we feel that GlobalSign SSL certificates are superior to Comodo certificates, we recognise that some of our valued clients may prefer to stay with Comodo. For that reason, we have decided to continue to sell Comodo SSLs. You may notice that they are not listed on our website. We aren’t selling them publicly, but if you let us know that you prefer Comodo, you can still renew your SSL certificate through Localnode.
If you currently have a Comodo SSL certificate installed on your website, your site is protected. You do not need to do anything right now unless you want to make an immediate switch to GlobalSign. If that’s what you prefer, you can contact us and order your new GlobalSign SSL certificate.
However, if you prefer to stay with Comodo until your current certificate expires, you can do that. When you need to renew your certificate, you can order a new GlobalSign SSL certificate and install it on your website.
As long as you have a valid SSL certificate installed on your website, you have protection, and your site will display the green lock icon in Google Chrome. Remember that not having an SSL is no longer an option. As of 2018, Google is penalising sites that do not have an active SSL certificate by displaying a “Not Secure” warning message in the browser bar.
At Localnode, we take customer service seriously. The superior hardware, superior software, and superior network we provide have been designed to support and protect our first class hosting clients. The choice to switch from Comodo to GlobalSign is one that we feel our clients will appreciate.
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