Taking It to the Next Level in Internet Security: EV-SSL Certification

Businesses seeking the most trusted level of security verification for their websites turn increasingly to the Extended Validation Secure Socket Layer (EV-SSL) certificate, which requires a legal opinion verifying certain facts about the business.

With consumers and other internet users becoming concerned about theft of personal information over the internet, more website owners are applying for EV-SSL certificates to provide users confidence that their websites are operated by legally established businesses.

The governing body known as the Certification Authority/Browser Forum (CA Browser Form or CA/B for short) controls the process of issuing EV-SSL certifications. This group is made up of CAs such as Trend Micro Inc.,, DigiCert, Inc. and browser vendors such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Firefox. In 2006, the CA Browser Form created and approved a set of industry standards that outlined best practices and requirements for both displaying and issuing EV-SSLs.   

The validation process for issuing an EV-SSL is more in-depth than issuing a regular Secure Socket Layer certification. Companies seeking an EV-SSL often have to verify several facts about their company through a legal opinion letter, for which they typically engage a lawyer who practices in the internet and technology areas.

Although the process may differ slightly among CAs, in general the EV-SSL opinion letter should verify the company’s corporate structure, the validity of the company’s name, the location, the domain, and other authorities. Most types of business are eligible to receive an EV-SSL Certificate.  This includes corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, and unincorporated associations.

There are many advantages to having an extended verification. EV-SSL certificates are useful for companies at a high risk of phishing attacks from users seeking confidential information through deceptive communications or other types of internet fraud. EV-SSL security features differ, depending on the internet browser, but browser arrangement typically displays a green browser bar, a security lock icon, the identity of the publisher, and a URL that begins with “https”. The presence of these browser features offers web users a greater sense of security and confidence in the company’s identity.

The business attorneys at Bowie & Jensen, LLC are experienced with the EV-SSL process and can help your business by providing a verified legal opinion letter.

For more information please contact Joshua Glikin or Gina Harasti at 410-458-2400 or or


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