We take care of our customers’ security. That’s why we secured our website with an EV SSL.
Trust is the most important currency on the Internet. SSL Certificates are the first step to building trust online where more people than ever are buying from websites. SSL lock icons help by signalling that your private information is being transmitted securely hidden from prying eyes.
EV SSL Certificates are harder to get than regular SSL Certificates, but worth it because they turn your web browser’s address bar green. This tells you we have been vetted as a real company, and provide more protection by ensuring you are dealing with a legitimate business that will treat your information responsibly.
How do we look in green?
Getting an EV SSL Certificate
When you see a (non-green) lock icon on most websites, their certificate is usually domain validated. That means an email was sent to the domain’s administrator to confirm ownership, but does not further validate trust.
Only legally registered companies may buy EV SSL certificates. Compared with other types of certificates the EV process is more thorough and requires proof of:
Legal Existence: Only private companies, government agencies and international organisations that have been registered in their jurisdictions may get EV SSL certificates.
No Scammers: Applicants are checked against anti-phishing workgroups and exclusion lists like the one from the US treasury department. A poor history can mean a denial or far more in-depth checks.
Trade Name: Trade names different from the companies official name must be registered and verifiable.
Operational Existence: Companies that have been registered less than three years must prove they are able to conduct business. The certificate authority uses a verification letter from a bank, chartered accountant or lawyer to make sure the company is actually set up and operating.
Physical Address and Phone Number: The companies phone number and address details must be in a database that sources directly from the phone company, such as a white pages listing.
Domain Ownership: You have to prove you own the domain you are requesting an SSL certificate for. Usually this is done by sending an email to a support or admin address at the domain. For non-EV SSL certificates, this is typically the only step performed.
Contact Authority: The certificate authority makes sure the person buying an EV SSL has the authority to do so. If their name doesn’t match one of the owners in the business’ registration documents additional phone calls need to be made to ensure they are allowed to sign for the domain. This can make for a lot of phone calls when the certificate requester, signer and approver are not the same person.
Our Comodo Certificate is Widely Supported and Backed by Solid Security
We chose Comodo as our EV SSL supplier. Comodo stands out from the other certificate authorities because it is the largest and most widely supported in the world. Comodo certificates are recognized on every browser – even very old ones – and across every mobile platform. Internet-wide they are responsible for securing 6.6% of all domains, commanding a full third of the SSL certificates market.
Look up and you’ll see your address bar is green. The green bar is our assurance to you that we are serious about what we are doing, and we have been verified by a trusted organization.
Of course the green address bar is obvious, but some of our other favourite security features of this certificate are:
Strong 2048-bit root: The root certificate contains a 2048-bit RSA key used when negotiating SSL connections. Anything above 1024 bits is considered difficult to break these days; 2048-bit keys are the secure standard.
128/256-bit encryption length: Our EV SSL certificate allows us to serve modern 256-bit SSL connections, but allows for older web browsers who still rely on 128-bit encryption.
Anti-phishing: EV SSL provides a higher level of security against phishing sites by denying them access to the trusted verification process. Only real companies can pass the test.
Localnode uses EV SSL
From now on Localnode will be using EV SSL on our website. Obviously we’re a real (and awesome) company, but you don’t have to take our word for it. That green address bar is your guarantee that we have gone through the steps to be verified by the best.