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Wildcard certificate

(also wildcard SSL certificate)

Wildcard certificate definition

A public key certificate that applies to multiple first-level subdomains of one domain, principally used to secure websites with HTTPS. Wildcard certificates contain an asterisk (the wildcard character) in the domain name field.

Real wildcard certificate examples

Google: Docs, Calendar, and many other Google services are secured with a wildcard certificate for *.google.com.

Facebook: Meta for Developers and other subdomains are secured with a wildcard certificate for *.facebook.com.

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