In 2010, Verisign sold its SSL certificate branch to the Symantec group, known to the public mainly through its Norton antivirus software. Symantec has progressively rebranded Verisign's SSL certificates under its own name since. Symantec's SSL division, which includes GeoTrust and Thawte, is the world's second most use certificate authority in absolute numbers, but maintains a strong lead in the high-end market segment, with only notable competition from GlobalSign.
Symantec's the darling of the world's top 1000 websites, and its daily security scans make its certificates highly appropriate for websites collecting sensitive data.
Symantec's name and additional features make it an excellent choice for high-end websites, but keep in mind that Symantec's prices follow suit.
Symantec has a rock-solid reputation and a peerless trust factor, but maintains inflated prices and a rigid licensing structure. If price is not an obstacle, Symantec meets all expectations. Competitor GlobalSign may offer more bang for buck elsewise.
Symantec's entry-level certificate Secure Site aims high. Your organisation is mentioned on the certificate, but you also gain a higher click-through rate thanks to Site-in-Search, daily virus scans, and the Norton Secured Seal. Order Secure Site SSL at Kinamo up to 3 times cheaper than at Symantec.
The Secure Site Pro SSL certificate offers the Symantec package: daily virus scans, the Norton Secured Seal and Site-in-Search. It also encrypts connections with a minimum of 128 bits, even for older browsers.
Green address bar set aside, the Secure Site with EV SSL certificate offers daily malware scans of your website, the highly recognizable Norton Secured Seal, and Site-in-Search, which displays your seal in search results.
The Rolls-Royce of certificates: green address bar and minimum encryption of 128 bits, of course, but the whole Symantec add-on package too: Site-in-Search, the prized Norton Secured Seal, and daily malware scanning of your website.
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