Network and data security has really been on my mind lately!
I visited the Symantec and VeriSign websites the other day. I’m not sure if this is a true “limited time special offer” or an ongoing promotional deal that I never noticed until now. Two sorts of SSL (Secure Socket Layer encryption) certificates are available from VeriSign.
30-day SSL test-drive
One is the standard type that is desirable for websites that are accepting payment data or collecting other sensitive personal information from users. VeriSign refers to this as a Production Certificate. It includes use of the distinctive VeriSign Trust Seal, for use on SSL websites.
The other type is an SSL Test Certificate. Applications developers who want to confirm that SSL encryption is functional in a test (pre-production ONLY) environment should select this. It doesn’t include display of the Trust Seal, because it isn’t intended for use with applications on the public web. Both are available for free, for a 30-day trial period.
Try a VeriSign Certificate* today!
There may be superior alternatives to VeriSign SSL authentication. Regardless of vendor choice or implementation, it won’t hurt to contemplate data security, given the almost daily news reports of DDoS, DoS and other attacks. Or disclosure of yet another 0-day vulnerability or data breach.
* No, I’m not a paid endorser. I hoped someone might find it helpful and informative. Me, for example!
UPDATE: July 30, 2011
I just noticed that VeriSign has another offer; a 60-day free trial for a VeriSign Seal. See the VeriSign website for more information.
VeriSign offers both SSL and non-SSL products
What is the difference between the Trust Seal and the Secured Seal?
Like the VeriSign Secured Seal, the VeriSign Trust Seal shows that a site is authenticated by the high standards of VeriSign… The VeriSign Trust Seal is free with the purchase of any VeriSign® SSL Certificate. It can also be purchased separately for web sites that do not require SSL for securing online transactions. The VeriSign Trust Seal provides a cost-effective way to establish trust on your site without installing an SSL Certificate.
Emphasis is mine. However, VeriSign prominently displays this advisory on the Trust Seal FAQ page:
If your Web site uses SSL, you must use VeriSign SSL in order to display the VeriSign Trust Seal.
I’m uncertain, but suspect that the 30-day Trust Seal deal includes SSL certification, which is actually the VeriSign Secured Seal. The 60-day special probably does not. In other words, it offers the Trust Seal but not the SSL certificate, and is suitable only for non-SSL websites..