SSL Certificates Service is a digital certificate service that is provided by Alibaba Cloud in cooperation with certificate authorities (CAs) inside and outside China. This service allows you to purchase and deploy certificates in the SSL Certificates Service console. SSL Certificates Service allows you to redirect traffic to your website or mobile applications from HTTP to HTTPS at minimal costs. You can use SSL certificates to authenticate users and encrypt data.

Benefits of HTTPS support for websites

  • Prevents data hijacking, tampering, and eavesdropping. SSL certificates allow you to enable HTTPS encryption on your websites. Then, data is encrypted when users interact with your website.
  • Improves search engine rankings. If HTTPS encryption is enabled on your website, your website gains a higher ranking on the search engine result page. This improves the credibility of your website.
  • Increases web traffic. If HTTPS encryption is enabled on your website, your website is more trustworthy for users to access. This increases the traffic to your website.

Features

The following table describes the features that SSL Certificates Service provides.

Module Feature Description Documentation
HTTPS websites Purchase certificate instances You can purchase certificate instances in the SSL Certificate Service console. Then, you can use the certificate instances to apply for Domain Validation (DV), Organization Validation (OV), and Extended Validation (EV) certificates.

For more information, see Supported certificate types.

Select and purchase certificates
Apply for certificates You can use the certificate instances that you purchase to apply for and issue certificates. If errors are returned by CAs, you must fix the errors in a timely manner. Apply for a certificate
Download certificates You can download issued certificates to your computer and install them on your web servers. Download certificates
Deploy certificates You can deploy issued certificates to Alibaba Cloud services with a few clicks.

For more information, see Related services.

Deploy a certificate to an Alibaba Cloud service
Centralized certificate management Upload certificates You can upload existing certificates to the SSL Certificates Service console for centralized management. For example, you can deploy the certificates to Alibaba Cloud services with a few clicks. Upload certificates
Revoke certificates You can revoke certificates in the SSL Certificates Service console after your revocation requests are approved by CAs. The process to revoke certificates is secure and fast. Revoke certificates

Supported certificate types

SSL Certificates Service supports DV, OV, and EV certificates. Different types of certificates provide different levels of security and are applicable to different websites.

Certificate type Applicable website Credibility level Authentication strength Security Available certificate brand
Domain Validation (DV) SSL Websites of individuals Moderate Certificate authorities (CAs) verify the authenticity of a website, but does not verify the authenticity of an enterprise. Moderate GlobalSign
Organization Validation (OV) SSL Websites of organizations such as governments, enterprises, and educational institutions High CAs verify the authenticity of an organization or an enterprise. High GlobalSign and Entrust
Extended Validation (EV) SSL Websites of organizations such as large-sized enterprises and financial institutions Highest CAs perform strict authentication. Highest (The address bar is in green.) Entrust

For more information about certificate brands, see Brands of certificates supported by Alibaba Cloud.

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    For more information, see What are Anti-DDoS Pro and Anti-DDoS Premium?

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    For more information, see What is WAF?

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    For more information, see What is Alibaba Cloud CDN?

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    For more information, see What is Dynamic Route for CDN?

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