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SSL Certificates – The Complete Beginner’s Guide





SSL stands for Secure Socket layer, which is an encrypted technology that forms the secured link between the web browser and the web server. SSL is mainly a security protocol which defines the algorithm and how the connection should be formed while establishing the secure connection.

SSL certificates are the necessity of today’s online business. I am sure you must be hearing that some data from a particular website has been hacked. Why does this happen? Because when the data is transferred from the web browser to the server, it is not getting encrypted and plain data is very easy to hack. So it is always advisable to use an SSL Certificate, especially where some secured data like a credit card or personal identifications are being sent and received. This information must be encrypted before transferring. SSL certificates do this work for you. It creates an encrypted link while transferring the data and makes it hard for the hackers to crack.

Why use SSL Certificates?

One of the most important rules of creating a successful online business is creating trust in your potential and existing customers. In an online business, you are dealing with people who you don’t actually meet. So the only way to make a good impression to them is by making and building trust amongst them. One of the ways of building trust is by using the SSL certificates on your website. Believe me, this provides a great impression to your customers. They know that providing their sensitive information like credit card, username, password or any other personal information are not going to be misused.

Where to use SSL Certificates?

Simply put, SSL certificates are used where the secured information is getting transferred. Below are some of the scenarios where it is important to use SSL certificates.

  • Authentication data like Username & Password.
  • Data which is classified as non-public, such as company info.
  • Data that needs to be protected from modification on its way to or from the server, like user input or a result set from the server.
  • Securing information between different servers.
  • While transmitting and receiving data from Mobile devices.

Different Types of SSL Certificates

There are different types of SSL certificates depending on the requirements. Basically, SSL certificates are divided based on two categories:

  • Validation Level Certificates and
  • Domain Level Certificates

Based on the Validation level, SSL certificates are divided into the following three types, which we will study in detail:

  1. Extended Validation (EV): EV certificates have the highest possible security on the website that can be achieved. You can identify whether the website is using EV SSL just by checking the lock icon at the start of the address bar or the green color of the address bar. Generally e-commerce companies and social media sites use EV SSLs. Twitter and eBay are a couple of famous companies using EV SSL Certificates. Certificate Authority generally verifies the applicant’s details as well as the organization details and once it gets verified, the EV SSL Certificate will be issued within 5 to 7 days to the applicant. ClickSSL is one of the premier SSL Certificate providers in the market who provides SSL Certificates from premium brands like GeoTrust, Thawte, Symantec & RapidSSL at a discounted price.

EV SSL Certificate

EV SSL Certificate is the ideal solution for eCommerce businesses because it provides the highest level of security to leading web browsers like Chrome, Mozilla, Opera, Safari and many more.

  1. Domain Validation (DV): Domain validated SSL certificates are those certificates where the validated information in the certificate is limited to the domain itself. This is the easiest certificate to obtain. You just have to verify the email and you’re all done. Its validation process includes the verification from the WHOIS database and once it verifies successfully, the certificate will be issued within a few minutes. This is also the cheapest SSL available.


Domain Validation Certificate is very affordable to businesses and it gives a high level of security and protection to online business.

  1. Organization Validation (OV): Organization Validation SSL certificate actually requires domain validation and one also needs to send organization documents to CA for organization verification. It normally takes 2 or 3 business days for the whole validation process and once it gets verified, businesses can easily get OV certificates. OV is recommended for online shopping business portals having physical registered organization address. It actually builds more customer trust than Domain Validation certificates and indirectly it will reflect on the business.

Depending on the Domain level, SSLs are divided into the following two types:

  1. Single Domain SSL: Single domain SSL certificates are the basic type of SSL which can protect a single domain like “”. This is for small business owners. But if you have multiple subdomains then think of Wildcard certificates, which allow multiple subdomain security. The price of a single SSL domain is usually low.
  2. Wildcard SSL: Wildcard SSL certificates are also known as star certificates and can secure all the subdomains under one primary domain. The benefit of this certificate is that you don’t have to buy a different certificate for each domain. Instead, one wild card SSL can work for all. In this competitor’s market lots of WildCard SSL Certificate providers offer cheap certificates so grab the opportunity now.

Check below URLs which have one prime domain and multiple sub-domains. If your website has multiple sub-domains then this SSL Certificate is best suitable for your business.

Things to consider before buying an SSL Certificate

SSL certificates are very important for online businesses but while buying any SSL certificates, there are few points which you must consider. Below I am going to tell you some of the important things that you must consider before buying.

  1. Understand how to choose a perfect SSL: There are lots of brands available in the market for SSL but before buying you need to think of your brand and only then proceed. In the market plenty of SSL Certificates are available including Symantec, Thawte, RapidSSL & GeoTrust and these brands also provides different types of SSL Certificates which I discussed in the earlier point. If you are running any eCommerce business then go for EV SSL because it’s the most suitable option for your website.
  2. Check the review of the provider: As we know, feedback is the best thing to judge anything. The same applies here as well. Check the feedback from the ones who are already using it and then buy. There are so many SSL Certificates providers in the market who offer huge discounts, free trials and many other things so first check the review about their support and refundable services online and then proceed.
  3. Compare Price: There are lots of sites where you can find coupons and get the SSLs at less cost. So compare before you buy.
  4. Support and Money Back Guarantee: Support is the essential part of any process. No matter how great a product anyone is selling, if the company is not providing sales support, don’t go for it. Also, check if the company from which you are buying the product provides money back guarantee or not. If yes, only then go for it.

Bonus Tip – Check out browser compatibility too because if the SSL Certificate is issued by an unknown authority and if it is self-signed then your browser will give you a security warning. So make sure to check browser compatibility too.


I hope this guide will help you to understand what SSL is, why you need an SSL and what SSL certificate you need. If you have any doubt in this, feel free to drop your questions in the comments section below. Are you using any SSLs? If yes, do share your experience with me.


5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster




Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.

First time available on modern hardware

As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.

The visuals look better than ever

Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.

Quality of life improvements

While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.

Triple Triad

The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.

The game is awesome

While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?

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10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019




10 Huge Games Still Coming 2019

2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.



A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.

Borderlands 3


It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.

The Outer Worlds


Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.

Luigi’s Mansion 3


It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.

Death Stranding


If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.

Pokemon Sword & Shield


At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.

Shenmue III


If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.

DOOM Eternal


id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.

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5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference




Microsoft E3 2019

Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.

New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020

We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…

Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett

The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.

Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves

It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.

FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced

This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West

It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”

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