What is a Digital Certificate ?

What does a SSL Certificate contain ?

An SSL certificate includes the details of the party to whom the certificate has been issued. It includes the following information:

  • Domain Name
  • Certificate Validity Period
  • Certificate Authority (CA) Details
  • Public Key
  • Public Key Algorithm
  • Certificate Signature Algorithm
  • SSL/TLS Version
  • Thumbprint
  • Thumbprint Algorithm

The aforementioned information is included no matter which type of SSL certificate has been installed on the website. However, some additional information is also provided in the advanced level SSL certificates. For instance, organization validation (OV) and extended validation (EV) SSL certificates include details of the organization such as:

  • Name of the organization
  • Website owner
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Country

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