Yesterday, IT security solutions provider Symantec announced two new features that have been designed to simplify the renewal process for SSL certificates.
Symantec customers using VeriSign SSL certificates can fully automate the SSL certificate renewal process for up to six years.
This new features make Symantec the industry's only certificate authority to offer a renewal option of this kind
The Express Renewal feature removes the need to submit a Certificate Signing Request or re-install a VeriSign SSL certificate when it approaches renewal time.
Instead, when a certificate is up for renewal now, the SSL customer automatically pays for a new validity period. On Secure Site Pro Certificates this is up to six years and on VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates it is up to two.
Further automation is available via activating the AutoPay Renewal Service upon initial setup to ensure the SSL protection is not interrupted.
Michael Lin, senior director of trust services at Symantec said "With Express Renewal and AutoPay, Symantec has become the industry's only SSL Certificate Authority to eliminate the pain of renewing certificates The features greatly reduce the possibility of unexpected certificate expirations -- and best of all, customers don't have to do a thing. Website operators now have the same flexibility to pay for 1-3 year terms but with added ease of management."
Express Renewal is available free of charge for VeriSign SSL and EV SSL customers who submit a minimum 2048-bit certificate signing request.
AutoPay can be activated/deactivated at any time without penalty for the entire time they hold their VeriSign SSL or EV SSL Certificate.
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