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Reshma Kumar | 01 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

The Domain Name News Blog decided to play an April Fools' Day joke on everyone, including us. Preying upon the paranoia induced by the Conficker C worm, these pranksters knew that the mention of it would catch people's attention. We are honored that the notion of our servers being infiltrated is incredible enough to be the basis for an April Fool's Day prank. Good one! Here's the gotcha from them:

Happy April 1st! Sorry to say, but when you end up on this page it's very likely that you clicked on an external link from one of our April's fools posts for April 1st.

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Reshma Kumar | 31 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Imagine being able to use your iPhone to protect and authenticate your identity online. Well, now you can - cool! VeriSign today announced the launch of VIP Access for Mobile, a FREE downloadable app on the Apple App Store which generates a one-time password to access participating sites. In addition to your username and password, the iPhone application will...

Reshma Kumar | 25 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

security-bloggers-award.jpgAs part of the Security Bloggers Meet-Up at the RSA Conference, the Social Security Awards will recognize the best blogs in the security industry. Two VeriSign bloggers are in the running - Tim Callan's SSL Blog for 'Best Corporate Security Blog' and Branden Williams' Security Convergence Blog for 'Most Entertaining Security Blog'.

If you would like to vote for these blogs, submit your vote by March 31!

Reshma Kumar | 23 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

Internet Archive, the Wayback Machine, was recently in the news for the opening of a new data center to house its repository of archived Web sites. Wayback reportedly has three petabytes of archived sites in its massive database of 85 million sites dating back to 1996. The site allows you to go back in time to see what sites looked like at a snapshot in time. It is akin to looking at old, embarrassing photos of yourself. I decided to take this virtual stroll down memory lane in light of our upcoming homepage redesign and here is we looked in the early years. Note: some of the images on the pages are missing.

JUNE 1997: The Formative Years

Reshma Kumar | 22 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has found himself a victim of Internet fraud. Having invented the Internet twenty years ago with the noble intent of linking documents together, the Web has evolved and also become a haven for fraud. Sir Tim, who purchased a Christmas present from a Website which never arrived, called the phone number on the site only to discover that the number was not valid. As he puts it "The worst thing that has happened to me was when I tried to buy a Christmas present from a company that looked like a bona fide company on the internet and then actually they were a completely fake company. I think I am yet to get the money back, but it wasn't a lot."

Clearly, no one is immune. As we surf the Web daily and transact on sites, we mostly take it for granted that the sites we are on are legitimate and trustworthy. We might look for trust marks like the Better Business Bureau Online, the VeriSign Secured Seal, and Truste as indicators...

Reshma Kumar | 16 Mar 2009 | 2 comments

200161322-001.jpgThe economy is hitting businesses hard all round and certainly no one is immune. However, there are some companies which are faring better than others even in the current harsh economic climate. Ranked as one of the ten IT vendors defying the gloom and doom is none other than VeriSign.

Even in tough economics times, internet security is still critical. In fact, some might argue it's even more so important given that crime rates have been known to increase in periods of economic downturn. Online identity theft and fraud are on the rise and undertaking precautionary measures to safeguard online identity is key. Whether it's outfitting a Website with an SSL certificate for encrypting transactions or a Secured Seal trust mark or a mechanism for...

Reshma Kumar | 15 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

www20Twenty years ago this month in March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web by following his dream of a better, easier way to communicate via computers on a global scale. And what an invention it was! The initial project, dubbed ENQUIRE referred to 'Enquire Within Upon Everything', a book Berners-Lee recalled from his childhood. Berners-Lee created a browser-editor with the goal of developing a tool to make the Web a creative space to share and edit information and build a common hypertext. Names considered for this browser included 'The Mine of Information' and 'The Information Mesh' and eventually decided on the WorldWideWeb in May 1990. The world's first web site went live in 1991. A copy of the original first webpage created by Berners-Lee can be found here...

Reshma Kumar | 11 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

As you navigate our VeriSign Website, you will notice that we are migrating away from our previous site design to a newer design. The previous site layout was narrower, left aligned, had a two-columnar page layout, and the local navigation was situated in the right channel.

In the redesign, we saw opportunities to open the site up, update the look and feel (LAF), and define the content areas more clearly. You'll notice from the new layout that we have increased the site width and centered it to better optimize the screen real estate. The header houses our logo, courtesy navigational links at the top right, search utility, and global navigation across the top in the VeriSign cranberry hue. The pages are a three-columnar format with clearly defined and traditional left navigation and right marketing channels. In the main content area, we have breadcrumb links for orientation, page titles, and a utlity navigation for bookmarking, emailing, and printing strategically positioned...

Reshma Kumar | 03 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

As of the two-year anniversary of the launch of the VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificate, there are now more than 11,000 such certificates deployed on Websites around the world including the likes of PayPal, eBay, Travelocity and Schwab. The Extended Validation certificate lights up the Website address bar 'green' and displays the name of the site operator to verify the site authenticity to visitors. Only users with current versions of Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera will see the green address bar if a site has this certificate. This helps to protect users from fraudulent sites which may arise as a result of phishing, spoofing, and other scams. The Extended Validation certificate is a step-up from the standard SSL Certificate.


Reshma Kumar | 26 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

website_KM_v1.gifThe survey to gather external user input for the VeriSign homepage redesign has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided their feedback. This is very helpful to us in learning what works, what doesn't work, and what you would like to see on the VeriSign homepage.

We have parsed through the survey data and here are some of the top findings.

What You Like:

  • There is love for the VeriSign brand
  • Homepage is easy to use and user-friendly
  • It has a clean design

What You Want:

  • A little less content
  • Streamlined animation elements
  • Make it even cleaner and simpler

We are strong advocates of what's good for the user is good for VeriSign and are working to incorporate your feedback. We have gathered and analyzed a lot...