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Symantec SSL Certificates Now offer a FREE SAN for Base Domain Names.

The world’s most trusted online security brand Symantec has just announced that they will now secure www & non-www domain names with single SSL certificate & it will be considered the same FQDN! This is big news for us and all of our partners and customers.

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Finally, all Symantec SSL certificates will now consider the base domain as a free SAN or Subject Alternative Name, which simply means you can secure both versions of your website, www.name-of-site.com and name-of-site.com with single Symantec SSL Certificate. This is any easy thing that will reduce your cost and time to manage multiple certificates for one website.

As the world’s leading brand, Symantec is always thinking about their partners and customers’ well-being and implementing new features like this to provide the best web security solutions on the planet. Symantec SSL certificates secure the majority of websites in the world and boasts the strongest encryption, unparalleled brand recognition, free Norton secured seal, which is just icing on the cake if you ask me.

Here are the 3 use case for Symantec SSL certificates:

  • When you enroll with Common Name as www.name-of-site.com , Symantec SSL now automatically secures and adds the non-www version of the same domain (name-of-site.com) as a SAN for free.
  • When you enroll the Common Name as name-of-site.com, Symantec will automatically add www.name-of-site.com as a free SAN.
  • For a wildcard certificate: When the enrolled Common Name is *.name-of-site.com, Symantec will automatically add name-of-site.com as a free SAN.

Details/Examples:
1) When the Common Name is www.name-of-site.com

Symantec SSL will add the common name’s base domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name begins with “www” and does not contain sub-domains.

–  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
–  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) www.domain.com Yes –add domain.com
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) www.subdomain.domain.com No
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) www.domain.co.uk Yes – add domain.co.uk
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) www.subdomain.domain.co.uk No

2) When Common Name is domain.com

Symantec SSL certificates automatically add “www” to the common name’s domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name is a simple domain name without any sub-domains.

–  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
–  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) domain.com Yes –add www.domain.com
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) www.subdomain.domain.com No
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) domain.co.uk Yes – add www.domain.co.uk
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) www.subdomain.domain.co.uk No

3) When Common Name is *.domain.com (Wildcard SSL)

Symantec SSL Certificate automatically add the common name’s base domain as a SAN value for all certificates where the common name is wildcard and does not contain sub-domains.

–  It’s free and it does not count as part of the max # of allowed SAN
–  Of course, it will only be added if TLD is valid.

TLD Domain Types Example of Domain Names Add base domain as a SAN value?
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) *.domain.com Yes –add domain.com
1-­‐level TLD (such as a gTLD) *.subdomain.domain.com No
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) *.domain.co.uk Yes – add domain.co.uk
2-­‐level TLD(such as a ccTLD) *.subdomain.domain.co.uk No

The following SSL products of Symantec are enhanced from this change:

Symantec Thawte GeoTrust
Secure Site Pro with EV SSL Web Server with EV True BusinessID with EV
Secure Site with EV SGC Supercerts True BusinessID
Secure Site Pro SSL Web Server ———-
Secure Site Wildcard SSL Web Server Wildcard True BusinessID Wildcard
Secure Site SSL SSL123 (DV But Allow) ———-

*GeoTrust already offers domain.com as a free SAN when the common name is www.domain.com, but will now also add www.domain.com as a free SAN when the common name is domain.com.

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