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How SSL Certificates Work

SSL certificates are used to initiate secure communications over computer networks, usually referred as HTTPS traffic. Organization Validated (OV) and Extended Validated (EV) Certificates provide both encryption and identification: user can check the name of the organization from a certificate and can be sure that a reliable third party (Certificate Authority – CA) has validated the organization. Domain Validated (DV) certificates give only encryption as the organization has not been validated at all. The actual name and protocol is TLS (Transport Layer Security) but I will use the term SSL (Secure Socket Layer) because it is still better known and more commonly used.

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Starting this blog finally also in English

we_secure_700X400Our web site and blog have been running since 2015 only in Finnish and only about SSL certificates. It is time to change this.

Our goal has been to make our customers’ life easier when dealing with SSL certificates. Obviously this has worked as our market share in Finland in OV/EV certificates has gone from 1% to 17% in seven years. And despite the size of the company (5 persons) Wesentra has become the largest distributor of SSL certificates for Entrust Datacard in Europe (and won SSL Partner of the Year EMEA award in 2018).

The biggest reason for this success has probably not been our blog ( 🙂 ) but rather our service and one decision from our valued vendor Entrust Datacard. In our customer satisfaction survey 2015 our customers expressed one wish above all: Could the verification calls come in Finnish from Finland instead of Canada/UK? After long discussions Entrust Datacard granted this and trained us during spring 2016 to do verification. Entrust Datacard maintains high quality by auditing every verification we do. This cooperation works well.

And now Wesentra is a Nordics Distributor for Entrust Datacard certificates.  Thank you Entrust Datacard!

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