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Majority of World's Top Websites Choose GeoTrust SSL Certificates for Cost Effective Site Encryption

GeoTrust Maintains Leadership Position Since June 2010 and Consistently Outranks Go Daddy and All Other Competitors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 30, 2010 – As the busy online holiday shopping season approaches, more of the most-visited websites on the Internet will be secured by GeoTrust, Inc., a leading certificate authority, than any other Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provider. Such is the conclusion of the November 2010 Alexa Netcraft Index, a monthly measurement of SSL certificates used on the busiest domains worldwide.


Since the inception of the research standard six months ago, GeoTrust has led the low-cost, high-volume segment of the SSL market over competitors such as Go Daddy. The November 2010 Alexa Netcraft Index showed that GeoTrust secured 35,311 unique domains among the 1 million most visited sites whose SSL usage is tracked by Netcraft. The premium category VeriSign brand followed in second, protecting 30,115 unique domains, with low-cost provider Go Daddy trailing with 27,171.


“While all signs point to a busier holiday shopping season in 2010, it’s still a tough time out there for online businesses,” said Jeff Barto, senior product marketing manager for GeoTrust. “More businesses prefer GeoTrust because our globally-trusted SSL certificates offer easy acquisition and fast delivery at cost-effective prices. We expect to extend our leadership on the strength of our aggressive pricing and the recently announced Switch Campaign, which gives growing small businesses a winning option for world-class SSL protection from security experts.”


Prepared by Catapult Data Services, the Alexa Netcraft Index obtains an accurate picture of SSL certificate usage across the websites 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 websites. The Alexa 1 Million is a well-known site traffic measurement service that ranks the1 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.


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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Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. GeoTrust and True Site are trademarks or registered trademarks of GeoTrust, Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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