Last week, VeriSign announced the VeriSign Trust Seal, which includes authentication for business and domain control, daily scanning of Web sites for malicious software and seal-in-search capabilities for customers. The announcement included details about VeriSign's first third-party integration for seal-in-search with TheFind, an Internet shopping search engine. VeriSign intends to work with multiple third-party Web sites and consumer client software vendors such as AVG Technologies to enable maximum benefit and availability for consumers.
By helping identify trusted sites within search results, the integration of the VeriSign Trust Seal into AVG Linkscanner's real-time threat protection benefits consumers. When a user searches the Web using AVG LinkScanner, sites that carry the VeriSign Trust Seal will appear in search results with the VeriSign trust mark. Displaying the seal differentiates the site's link from other search results, communicating to consumers that the link leads to a site trusted by VeriSign, which can help drive increased traffic to online businesses.
"In our present era of multiple online threats, it's hard for consumers to know which sites are safe to visit and which are best avoided, creating barriers for businesses as consumers shy away from online interactions," said Fran Rosch, senior vice president of Business Authentication at VeriSign. "The integration of the VeriSign Trust Seal in AVG's LinkScanner, which has more than 110 million active users worldwide, gives consumers additional protection when they go online, and leads to more visitors for online businesses."
"Today's bad guys are smarter and create threats that are more sophisticated, hiding in legitimate web sites that are sometimes poisoned for less than a day, which makes a real-time solution absolutely critical," said Rocco Donnino, Senior Vice President of GSA, AVG Technologies. "Anti-virus software alone cannot address these threats; the VeriSign Trust Seal integration with AVG LinkScanner will help consumers protect themselves by enabling them to know what's behind any web page and trust it, when it's most critical - before they click. Adding the VeriSign seal delivers another layer of visibility into the health, security and safety of a site."
The agreement is part of the AVG's new Global Strategic Alliances (GSA) group 2010 partner program focused on development, licensing initiatives and strategic partnerships in security, social media and the online community.
LinkScanner is available for free and is included as part of all AVG antivirus and Internet security products. LinkScanner can be used also as a stand-alone product alongside other brands of antivirus software. Download LinkScanner for free at http://linkscanner.avg.com or download AVG's free security products at http://www.free.avg.com.
The seal-in-search service is offered to all VeriSign Trust Seal customers. For more information, visit http://www.verisign.com/trust-seal/index.html.
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AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 110 million consumers and small businesses in 167 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready. AVG has nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!
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