Secure Multiple Subdomains on a Single Server
Thawte® Wildcard SSL Certificates secure multiple subdomains with a single SSL Certificate, reducing management time and cost. Using the wildcard notation (an asterisk and period before your domain name) allows you to extend security to different subdomains based on your top-level domain name. Thawte Wildcard SSL include full organization validation, the Thawte® Trusted Site Seal, free reissues and a 30-day money back guarantee.
Create a secure, private connection between a web browser and web server, including gateways, web forms, mail and FTP servers, and VPNs with up to 256-bit SSL encryption.
Secure your competitive advantage with SSL from Thawte, a globally recognized certificate authority with root certificates included in over 99% of browsers.
Why Choose Thawte?
Thawte is trusted by millions of people worldwide. When we issue an SSL certificate, we know that our name will appear next to yours as the trusted third party who verified it. We take that trust seriously and lead the industry with rigorous authentication methods and a global infrastructure to support real-time certificate look-ups.
In 1999 VeriSign acquired Thawte. Now all security and product management are under VeriSign control.
Thawte is a leading global Certification Authority. Our SSL and code signing digital certificates are used globally to secure servers, provide data encryption, authenticate users, protect privacy and assure online identifies through stringent authentication and verification processes. Thawte SSL certificates include Wildcard SSL Certificates, SAN /UC Certificates, SGC SuperCerts and Extended Validation SSL Certificates.
Certificate Signing Request
Before you can begin the process of obtaining a Certificate, you must generate a Private Key and CSR pair off the web server. A CSR is basically a Public Key that you generate on your server that validates the computer-specific information about your web server and Organization when you request a Certificate from thawte. Digital ID’s make use of a technology called Public Key Cryptography, which uses Public and Private Key files.
The Public Key, also known as a Certificate Signing Request (CSR), is the key that will be sent to thawte. The Private Key will remain on the server and should never be released into the public. thawte does not have access to your Private Key. It is generated locally on your server and is never transmitted to thawte. The integrity of your Digital ID depends on your private key being controlled exclusively by you.
A CSR cannot be generated without generating a Private Key file nor can the Private Key file be generated without generating a CSR file. In certain web server software platforms like Microsoft IIS, both are generated simultaneously through the Wizard on the web server. Typically, you will be prompted to enter the following information about your Organization in order to generate the Private Key and CSR pair off the web server:
- Organization Name (e.g. My Company)v
- Organizational unit (e.g. My Department)
- Country Code (e.g. ZA)
- State or Province (e.g. Western Province)
- Locality (e.g. Cape Town)
- Common Name (e.g. www.domain.com)