Leading Online Tax Filing Service Turns to VeriSign's Green Bar to Ensure Trust at Tax Time
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Marketwire) - When more than 70 million U.S. taxpayers head online to file their returns this season, at least one site, FileYourTaxes.com, will offer the welcome reassurance of the green address bar — a visible signal that comes with enhanced protection from VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world.
FileYourTaxes.com, a pioneer in online tax filing services, is the first site of its kind to thwart identity thieves by deploying VeriSign® Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates. The enhanced protection allows FileYourTaxes.com to further build trust and confidence among consumers by offering them immediate and visible assurance that they are dealing with a legitimate site — and not an impostor site created by e-criminals.
For consumers electronically filing tax returns, knowing they're dealing with a legitimate and trusted service is vital, because they are providing Social Security Numbers, credit card information and other data that they don't want falling into the hands of e-criminals. Fraudulent Web sites are increasingly being used by thieves to steal a consumer's sensitive personal information.
"As the only online service authorized by the IRS to offer the convenience of both filing returns and paying for taxes online within the same session, FileYourTaxes.com is doing everything we can to assure customers they are dealing with a legitimate, industry-leading provider of online tax filing services," said Timur Taluy, vice president of FileYourTaxes.com. "Since 1999, our customers have seen the VeriSign Secured™ Seal on the FileYourTaxes.com site, and this in turn has helped build confidence among taxpayers. By incorporating VeriSign EV SSL, we're furthering our commitment to providing safe and trusted services with the most advanced technology available."
When a Web site uses an EV SSL Certificate to identify itself, some browsers display easily understood visual cues to provide tangible assurance of a site's authenticity. The address bar turns green, a lock icon appears next to the address, and a new field displays to the right of the URL in the browser. This field contains the name of the organization that owns the site as well as the security provider that issued the certificate, such as VeriSign.
"FileYourTaxes.com has long been a pioneer in its field, so it's no surprise that this innovative leader is the first online tax filing service to provide consumers with the extra layer of protection enabled by VeriSign EV SSL," said Tim Callan, director of SSL product marketing at VeriSign. "From online retail giants to major financial services providers, VeriSign EV SSL Certificates are growing in popularity because they create confidence among consumers, and that's something that has proven essential to successfully doing business online."
As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 2,000 Internet domains, representing greater than 75 percent of the entire EV SSL Certificate market worldwide. In fact, over 93 percent of the Fortune 500 — and the world's 40 largest banks — rely on some form of VeriSign SSL Certificate to meet their security needs. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit http://www.verisign.com/EV-SSL
FileYourTaxes.com, based in Oxnard, CA, is the pioneer of online tax filing services. The company has been filing individual and business tax returns online for a decade. A recognized IRS Partner dedicated to secure transactions, FileYourTaxes.com was the only participant in the IRS "file and pay" pilot program for 2007, which enabled consumers to file and pay their taxes with their credit card. This service relieves taxpayers of having to pay taxes through a third-party and increases the accuracy of payments. Unlike many of its competitors, FileYourTaxes.com focuses solely on tax filing services for individual taxpayers and professionals, and does not try to market other products to its filing customers. FileYourTaxes.com is a member of the Free File Alliance LLC, which offers free online federal tax filing to 70 percent of the U.S. population, or approximately 95 million Americans. The company also donates its services to local United Way programs to help in extending the benefits of online federal tax preparation and electronic filing to economically disadvantaged and underserved populations at no cost to the individual or government.
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) operates digital infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world's voice, video and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.
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