The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Mizuho Bank, and Resona Bank are some of the more than 100 Japanese banks that have implemented Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates from VeriSign. VeriSign EV SSL Certificates help keep consumers from falling for phishing schemes designed to steal their passwords, account numbers and other private information.
When Internet users equipped with current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera and other browsers visit a site protected by EV SSL Certificates, the top of the browser lights up in green and displays the name of the company operating the Web site. This green glow offers immediate reassurance that they've reached a site whose authenticity has been verified by a certificate authority such as VeriSign, the world's leading SSL certificate authority.
By arming themselves with EV SSL Certificates, Web sites make it more difficult for e-criminals to confuse unsuspecting users with fraudulent look-alike pages. These increasingly realistic pages are designed to trick users into providing passwords, credit card information, and other personally identifiable information.
"Online banking helps lower the costs of service delivery and provides consumers with the convenience of anytime banking," said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign. "But it also presents identity thieves and e-fraud cartels with millions of potential new targets. VeriSign EV SSL offers banks and other online businesses a way to send an immediately recognized, independently verified signal to consumers that they've reached a legitimate Web site. Now that more than 100 banks in Japan offer this enhanced protection, a large portion of the Japanese public can conduct their online banking with confidence."
As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 8,000 Internet domains, representing 75 percent of the entire EV SSL Certificate market worldwide. In fact, more than 95 percent of the Fortune 500 and 96 of the world's 100 largest SSL using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates sold by VeriSign.* To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit http://www.verisign.com/EV-SSL.
* Includes VeriSign's subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers.
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