The SSL Silver Certificate is used for the following reasons:
Simple encryption offers protection of digital communications with devices and web pages.
Digital usage can be trusted thanks to domain-validated session encryption.
Web pages with a need for basic protection, or which use encrypted logins, forms etc.
Domain verification for is ensured via an e-mail sent to one of the following addresses (freely selectable):
Revoked certificates are listed in so called certificate revocation lists. Or they will be published by the online service OCSP which validates online current validity of a certificate. Certificate revocation lists can be downloaded here:
Each SwissSign certificate is signed by a SwissSign intermediate certificate. The SwissSign intermediate certificate is again signed by a SwissSign root certificate. In order to have a trustful certificate it is necessary to install the complete certificate chain e.g. on a web server. All operation systems and browsers have included the SwissSign root certificate but the SwissSign intermediate certificate must be installed. Either it is possible to download the end certificate including the complete certificate chain on swisssign.net or the SwissSign intermediate certificate will be installed later.
Each SwissSign certificate is signed by a SwissSign intermediate certificate. The SwissSign intermediate certificate is again signed by a SwissSign root certificate. In order to have a trustful certificate it is necessary to install the complete certificate chain e.g. on a web server. All operation systems and browsers have included the SwissSign root certificate but in some special cases it might be necessary to install the root certificate. Either it is possible to download the end certificate including the complete certificate chain on swisssign.net or the SwissSign root certificate will be installed later.
In the login area you can download the “SwissSign seal” after the installation of your certificate and indicate your website is “secured by SwissSign”. This means that, in addition to the information in the browser, you also show that your website is secure and create trust among your customers.
With SwissSign SSL certificates you get unlimited server licenses. Unlike most other SSL certificates you can install your SwissSign SSL certificate on as many physical servers as you want!
The issuance speed for SwissSign certificates depends on the certificate type and reaches from a few seconds up to 10 business days for certificates, which require an intensive manual verification of the requester, of the organization or of the domain. These deadlines are valid after reception of the registration documents by SwissSign and can be held under the exclusive condition that all documents are correct and complete.
An exception are those certificates with automated issuance, which do not require submission of documents (eg. domain-validated-only SSL). These certificates are usually issued immediately.
Issuance speed for SSL Certificates:
Issuance speed for Personal Certificates:
Issuance speed for Organization Certificates:
These deadlines are standard values and may be subject to extraordinary exceptions (eg. important workload of the registration authority)
The business identification number (UID) replaces the previous company number in the commercial register.
Since January 2011, the Federal Statistical Office (BFS) has allocated a unique business identification number (UID) with many areas of application for every economically active business in Switzerland. This enables the businesses to identify themselves with one and the same number for all contact with authorities.
The old eleven-digit commercial register number (CH-123.4.567.890-1) was replaced on 1 January 2014. Since this time, the UID has been the valid commercial register number.
In the SwissSign SSL Gold EV certificates there has been reference to the UID since this time.
Standard SSL certificates are suitable only for securing individual domains or sub-domains. So in the case of UCC a different SSL certificate would have to be obtained and installed for each server, and this would require a lot of work.
The UCC/SAN certificate contains an extension as a special SSL certificate which allows several so-called “Subject Alternative Names” (SANs). These SANs may consist of prefixes (sub-domains) and host names. The UCC/SAN certificate therefore enables several SANs to be secured with a single certificate. The entire communication between several servers is therefore encrypted with just one single UCC/SAN certificate. The complexity with the server configuration is drastically reduced in this way.