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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 | 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 | 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 | 20 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

The Internet continues to grow! There were 24 million new domain names registered in 2008 and 10.1 million new names in the fourth quarter of '08 across the all top level domains (TLDs). This brings the total number of domain name registrations across all TLDs to 177 million for 2008 - a 16 percent increase over the previous year and a 2 percent increase over the third quarter of '08. The five largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net, and .org.

The number of .com and .net domain names continues to climb as well. The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 90.4 million in 2008 - a 12 percent increase from 2007 and a 1 percent increase from the third quarter. Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) reached 71.1 million domain names - a 22 percent increase YOY and a 3 percent increase from the third quarter of 2008.

New domain name registrations across all TLDs have been growing at a decreasing rate compared to 2007...

Reshma Kumar | 13 Feb 2009 | 1 comment


Text: OMG! R U Serious?! Wht a Gr8 Yr 4 Mobl Msging!

Translation: Oh my God! Are you serious?! What a great year for mobile messaging!

And, it sure was a record year. More than 224 billion mobile messages were delivered in 2008 - a 134 percent increase from 2007. The increase is attributed to the continued worldwide growth of text messaging and its usage for social purposes including P2P (peer-to-peer) and A2P (application-to-person) messaging services.

And Valentine's Day also promises to not break any hearts. VeriSign expects a record breaking 1.7 billion inter-carrier and a total of 3.5 billion SMS messages to be sent in North America on February 14 which is typically a very high-volume day for texting love notes.


Reshma Kumar | 30 Jan 2009 | 2 comments

200159357-001.jpgIn a recent survey of 919 U.S. adults, 18 years and older who spend at least three non-work hours a week online, 85 percent of consumers state that trusting a site is most important to them when interacting with a Website and sharing confidential information. In contrast, nine percent deemed competitive pricing as most important and another five percent thought ease of use was most important. Additionally, a whopping 93 percent of respondents said they would stop transacting on a site that was not secure.

The survey findings also concluded that 76 percent of consumers claimed that identity theft is a "major" concern for them. When asked how they felt about brands that did not protect their online identity, 56 percent felt "distrustful," 17 percent...

Reshma Kumar | 20 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

Welcome to the VeriSign User Experience Blog. This is the first-ever such blog for us and I am very excited to get it started. Through my posts, I look forward to sharing what we are doing and engaging with and hearing from you on how we are doing in our quest to better serve and meet your needs via our Websites. After all, we are building our sites for you, not us. I will also share insights, ramblings, musings, and the like on user experience that may be of interest.

If you have any feedback on the types of content you would like to see covered on this blog, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to meeting you all online. Thank you.