Domain Validated Certificates (DV)

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1 - About

Domain Validated certificates are signed certificates where the ownership of the domain was checked.

There is no identifying organizational information for these certificates and thus should never be used for commercial purposes.

It is the cheapest type of certificate to get, but this is a high risk certificate use on a public website.


3 - Challenge

The ownership of a domain can be checked via one of this method:

4 - Website

Visitors to a website with DV certificates cannot validate, via the certificate, if the business on the site is legitimate and thus often DO NOT trust this type of certificate. It is recommended using these types of certificates where security is not a concern, such as protected internal systems.

Example (when the certificate is open with portecle)