What is an SSL certificate and how do I choose one?

Having an SSL certificate is crucial for any website. That’s why all our hosting plans include a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, best suited for personal use. For other uses, explore our range of professional SSL certificates and read our advice on how to choose the best SSL certificate for your website.

What is an SSL certificate?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are used to establish an encrypted connection between browsers and a website or server.

There have been several versions of the SSL protocol, the latest being TLS, which stands for Transport Layer Security.

SSL certificates guarantee the security of connections and the protection of sensitive data going through your website.

How the SSL certificate works

How to choose an SSL certificate?

There are two factors to take into consideration to answer this question:

1. Types of SSL certificates

Our range of certificates was designed to suit the needs of all our clients, however different they may be.
With Netim, you can protect:

  • a single website
  • multiple websites (Multi-domain)
  • a website and all its sub-domains (Wildcard)

2. Levels of authentication

In addition to the number of websites they can cover, SSL certificates also offer varying degrees of security.

  • DV (Domain Validation): only validates domain ownership
    • You’ll be required to upload a .TXT file to your hosting control panel
    • Or created a TXT record in your zone file
    • A verification email is sent to either admin@yourdomain.com or postmaster@yourdomain.com
  • EV (Extended Validation):
    • Information regarding the company is checked and the certificate request must be verified over the phone
EV ensures the certificate holder and the company displayed by clicking the padlock icon in the address bar are one and the same.
SSL Chrome Chrome
SSL Microsoft edge Microsoft Edge
SSL Firefox Firefox
SSL Safari Safari

Why choose Netim to manage your SSL certificate?


For our trusted partners

We work with two industry leaders:
Let’s Encrypt, for free personal-use DV certificates.
Sectigo, the leader in professional SSL certificates.


For our competitive prices

SSL certificates can vary quite a bit depending on providers. Netim high-end EV certificates cost $113.50 Excl. VAT / year


For our reliable customer support

Our customer support team is right by your side whenever you need assistance. Having trouble installing your certificate? Not to worry, we know the technical aspects of those processes can seem intimidating. Reach out to our team via your account or our contact form and take full advantage of our expertise.


For our 30-day money-back guarantee

Still not sure which SSL certificate to pick? Here at Netim, we want you to be fully satisfied with our services. If after testing it, you’re not confident the SSL certificate you choose is right for you, you can change your mind and get a full refund.

DV (Domain Validation)
Wildcard and/or Multi-domain
EV (Extended Validation)
Up to $1 million insurance policy
Starting at $15.00 /year
Voir l'ensemble de nos certificats

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out which Certificate Authority (CA) issued a certificate by clicking the padlock icon in your address bar. If you bought your SSL certificate from Netim, the CA will either be “R3 Let’s Encrypt” or “Sectigo Limited”.
Let’s Encrypt is the CA which issues all the certificates included with our hosting plans. Sectigo is the market leader with global recognition as a reputable partner.

The purpose of SSL certificates is to secure connections between two systems. It can be identified by the “HTTPS” and the padlock icon at the right-hand (or left-hand, depending on your browser) of your address bar.
See how it is displayed on different browsers

SSL certificates can be compared to driver’s licenses: they authenticate website owners and guarantee that what’s being shown is legitimate.
The authentication process is made possible by a cryptographic key contained in the file you are provided with upon purchasing a certificate.

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