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GeoTrust Again Beats Go Daddy in Race for SSL Market Share Among Top Websites

Month After Month, the Internet's Most Visited Sites Rely on GeoTrust

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 11, 2010 – The internet’s most visited sites continue to rely on GeoTrust, Inc., according to the latest “Alexa Netcraft Index,” a monthly measure of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate used around the world.


On the Alexa Netcraft Index for September, GeoTrust, a leading SSL certificate authority (CA), secured 20.6 percent of unique domains among the 1 million most visited sites whose SSL usage is tracked by Netcraft. The VeriSign brand followed with 17.9 percent of all unique domains, and Go Daddy again was third, with a 15.6 percent share.


The Alexa Netcraft Index is produced by cross-referencing data from Netcraft’s September SSL Survey and the Alexa Top 1 Million Domains list. The analysis found nearly 170,000 unique domains on the Alexa 1 Million where Netcraft found SSL certificates. Of that total, 34,792 are protected by GeoTrust® SSL certificates, 30,220 by VeriSign SSL certificates, and 26,433 by Go Daddy.


The latest results show GeoTrust’s continual lead in the high-volume, low-cost SSL market remains unchallenged. In this particular market segment, low prices drive purchase decisions among SSL customers whose primary concern is to encrypt data transferred to and from their sites. On the flipside, the VeriSign brand leads the premium SSL certificate and online trust category, where customers demand full business authentication, seal-in-search, daily malware scans, and other enhanced services in addition to encryption.


“Every time they renew their SSL certificates, the most popular sites on the internet vote for the brand they trust most,” said Jeff Barto, senior product marketing manager for GeoTrust. “Year in and year out, again and again, they return to place their trust in GeoTrust. For sites large and small, investing in GeoTrust SSL certificates has obviously proven to be a successful way to build trust with an increasingly wary public. Just ask the Web sites that matter most.”


Prepared by Catapult Data Services, the Alexa Netcraft Index obtains an accurate picture of SSL certificate usage across the Web sites that matter most by cross-referencing the Netcraft SSL Survey with the Alexa 1 Million list. The Netcraft SSL survey tallies all publicly facing SSL certificates on the internet, including "parked" certificates on unused or infrequently visited Web sites. The Alexa 1 Million is a well-known site traffic measurement service that ranks the 1 million most visited sites in order of popularity.


With SSL certificates issued in more than 150 countries around the world, GeoTrust offers world-class SSL certificates with fast delivery at a cost-effective price. Enabling up to 256-bit SSL encryption, they include a range of GeoTrust® True Site seals based on the desired level of identity verification.


GeoTrust’s SSL solutions present a wide range of cost-effective options, including standard or Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, support of up to 256-bit SSL encryption, static or dynamic GeoTrust True Site seals, and warranty protection ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. In addition, GeoTrust offers multi-domain support in the Subject Alternative Names (SANs) field for greater flexibility to work with products like Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Companies can sign up today for a free 30-day trial of GeoTrust SSL certificate protection.


About GeoTrust

A wholly owned subsidiary of Symantec, Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), GeoTrust is the world's largest low-cost digital certificate provider. More than 100,000 customers in over 150 countries trust GeoTrust to secure online transactions and conduct business over the internet. GeoTrust’s range of digital certificate and trust products enable organizations of all sizes to maximize the security of their digital transactions cost-effectively. For more information, visit www.geotrust.com.


About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.


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