MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 16, 2010 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced it is helping to protect online donors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The organization known world-wide by its signature color pink now provides the equally recognizable green address bar on its website by using VeriSign® Extended Validation (EV) secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificates from Symantec.
In October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of donors using high-security browsers logged onto the Komen for the Cure website to make donations and saw a green address bar at the top of their browser. The “green bar” signifies that the website has been verified by a third party, like Symantec, and reassures donors that their information is secure. VeriSign EV SSL Certificates give customers confidence that they are interacting with a trusted website. This certificate makes it difficult for phishers and counterfeiters to hijack the Susan G. Komen brand and its online donors.
“The donations made online are vital in funding programs, events, research and education. Keeping donor information safe and secure is of utmost importance to us,” said David Dawson, vice president of IT Solutions for Komen. “VeriSign EV SSL gives our online donors confidence, trust and provides the best giving experience for our visitors.”
When a site is protected with an EV SSL Certificate, the latest high-security browsers show prominent visual cues to signal that the site has been authenticated to a higher level. For instance, Internet Explorer 7 and 8 as well as Firefox 3 display a green address bar and a field with the name of the organization that owns the site. Both are instantly recognizable signals to consumers that they have reached a site whose identity has been certified by a recognized SSL Certificate Authority such as Symantec.
“The kind of trust generated by the EV SSL green address bar is important for customers and businesses alike, especially for such a large organization as Komen,” said Tim Callan, head of Product Marketing at Symantec. "Susan G. Komen joins many other non-profits that have deployed VeriSign EV SSL Certificates to instantly show online donors their site is authentic and secure.”
Symantec offers SSL certificates that enable the strongest SSL encryption commercially available to keep sensitive and private information from falling into the wrong hands. Symantec is the SSL certificate provider of choice for more than 1 million Web servers. In fact, 93 percent of the Fortune 500 and 97 of the world's 100 largest SSL-using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates provided by Symantec and its subsidiaries. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL Certificates, visit http://www.verisign.com/EV-SSL.
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