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LeaderTelecom has launched SSLRank - a new project that rates SSL certificates used by leading websites

LeaderTelecom, Amsterdam

LeaderTelecom has launched a new SSLRank project, which is available at www.sslcertificates.top. Within the framework of this project, the company aims to organise and analyse SSL certificates used by large sites in each of the vast market segments across the world.

Aleksei Ivanov, the founder of the SSLRank project and the founder/managing director of LeaderTelecom says, "The SSLRank project aims to systematise the disparate information associated with SSL certificates that were issued for the heavy-traffic websites. We decided to take a look at each of the industry’s segments, and create a list of sites that are leading in terms of traffic".

Features of the SSL certificates rating from LeaderTelecom

SSLRank, a rating of SSL certificates, allows you to find out indicators like the percentage of SSL certificates being used among the top 50 websites (in general, by country and by sphere of use), the number of installed certificates from each certifying authority and the cost of certificates in the LeaderTelecom store.

When you click on the SSL certificate, a list of sites using it opens. When you click on the eye icon, you can find out information about a particular certificate issued for a particular domain.

It is also possible to view all SSL certificates for the top 50 domains by country and by various categories: business, science, sports, games, etc. To do this, just select the appropriate item in the top menu on the main page. 

"The main aim is convenience for users", says Aleksei Ivanov. "We wanted to implement the most understandable interface. If you are interested in any certificate, you can easily purchase it or a similar certificate in our store by clicking on a separate button". 

About LeaderTelecom

LeaderTelecom - a global provider of the SSL certificates, as well as various solutions for online security, working for over 10 years. Official partner of leading certification authorities, such as Comodo, Symantec, Thawte, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Entrust etc. The company has the Symantec Website Security Solutions Specialist status. The company is a partner of The Hague Security Delta (HSD) - the largest security cluster in Europe, which is cooperating with clusters in the United States, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

Contact Information

Tel: +31 20 7640722

Email: info@leaderssl.com

SSLRank URLwww.sslcertificates.top

LeaderSSL store URLwww.leaderssl.com


Domain validation rules for issuing SSL certificates have been adjusted

A few days ago, the CA / B Forum, the industry regulator of SSL certificates, accepted by a majority vote proposal Ballot 218 associated with the removal of a several domain validation methods.

The major changes are related to section of the main document "Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates". This section contains the permitted processes and procedures for verifying the domain ownership rights for the applicant.

According to Tim Hollebeek from DigiCert, this section needs to be reworked, as it contains methods that do not meet the objectives of Section

What changes were made to the document

  1. Contact information about the domain owner can be obtained directly from the domain name registrar, which was described in paragraph 1.6.1.
  2. From 1 August 2018, domain contact information should not be used to verify the applicant, and successful verification of contacts cannot serve as a reason for issuing certificates. A new section,, is introducing the idea of permitting to use contact domain data to verify the applicant, but only if the certification authority is a domain name registrar or a partner of the base domain name registrar.
  3. From 1 August 2018, the Domain Authorisation Document should not be used to verify the applicant, and a successful verification of this document cannot serve as a reason for issuing certificates.
  4. Removed section, describing alternative methods for domain verification.

The rest of the domain validation rules remain unchanged. 

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From 1 February 2018, all DigiCert certificates will meet transparency requirements

As reported in the DigiCert blog, from 1 February 2018, all new publicly trusted SSL certificates from this certificate authority will be added to the Certificate Transparency logs by default.

Transparency logs were introduced by Google back in 2015, and were applied only to EV certificates initially. However, in order to improve security, Google has expanded the requirements for adding certificates to such logs.

Transparency logs allow better control over certificate authority actions. Also, with the help of these logs, site owners and organisations will be able to see the list of certificates issued for their domains.

According to Google’s announcement, all publicly trusted SSL/TLS certificates issued on 1 April 2018 must be added to transparency logs as a matter of course. The certificate authority DigiCert decided to go its own way and introduce more stringent terms of implementation of this opportunity.

From 1 February 2018, all new publicly trusted DigiCert certificates will include special data called Signed Certificate Timestamps. They are built into the certificate itself and inform the browsers that the certificate was added to the transparency log.

In LeaderSSL’s store, DigiCert SSL/TLS-certificates available for order (Symantec, Thawte, RapidSSL, GeoTrust) have been registered on transparency logs for maximum security and compliance with industry requirements. 


Hurry: the last opportunity to buy three-year SSL certificates!

As we already mentioned previously, the issue of three-year SSL certificates will be terminated by all certifying authorities, starting from 1 March 2018.

However, DigiCert has made an amendment to the information regarding this date: the company reported that the latest issuance date for the three-year GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Symantec and Thawte SSL certificates is 20 February 2018. After this date, the issue and renewal of these SSL certificates will only be possible for a period not exceeding 825 days.

If you already have active three-year SSL certificates, you have nothing to worry about - they will not require any action and will work after 1 March.

You can only order three-year GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Symantec and Thawte SSL-certificates in the LeaderSSL store at competitive prices until 20 February. At the same time, the last date for the purchase of the three-year Comodo, Entrust and GlobalSign SSL certificates is 28 February. 

Hurry! This is the last opportunity to get three-year SSL certificates!


Notice of the office-working schedule during the Christmas holiday’s season

Dear LeaderTelecom customers, on behalf of all of our employees we warmly congratulate you with a long-awaited happy holidays – Christmas and New Year.

Please kindly note the following working schedule in our office:

  • December 25, 26 – closed;
  • January 1 – closed;

Let all the adversities pass by your house! Prosperity to you and good luck in the upcoming 2018!

Sincerely, LeaderTelecom.   

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