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VeriSign Passes Online Security Milestone With One Million Active SSL Certificates

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Marketwire) - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, today announced that the company has deployed one million active Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates, which already provide security for more than 93 percent of the Fortune 500 and the world's 40 largest banks.

VeriSign's SSL Certificates, including VeriSign®, GeoTrust®, and thawte® brand certificates, help consumers guard against imposter Web sites by verifying and providing information about the identity of the certificate owner, verifying that the certificate owner has rights to the domain name, and enabling encryption of sensitive information during online transactions(1). When a user visits a Web site protected by one of these certificates, the browser will display a closed padlock at the lower right hand corner of the browser window and "https" in the URL address bar. This allows visitors to browse a page with a greater degree of confidence that they have reached the Web site they intend to visit and not an imposter site.

The VeriSign Secured® Seal, which includes the widely recognized "VeriSign check mark," indicates that a Web page is secured by VeriSign-brand SSL Certificates. The seal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of trust and online security and is a common fixture on the Web pages of leading online merchants, financial services providers and other businesses.

"As more consumers take greater advantage of the benefits of online shopping, they will need more assurances that the sites they visit are safe for their business," said Chris Babel, senior vice president, SSL, VeriSign. "The milestone of VeriSign's millionth active SSL Certificate extends an industry presence that already secures more Web servers than any other certificate authority and has established the VeriSign Secured Seal as the most trusted seal on the Web. We will continue to work with our industry peers and customers to help provide more trusted places for online purchases for an even greater number of consumers."

"This milestone of VeriSign's millionth active SSL Certificate demonstrates the company's considerable industry presence and has established the VeriSign Secured Seal as one of the most trusted seals on the Internet," said Chris Christiansen, program vice president of security products and service, IDC.

A TNS Research study found that seventy-nine percent of U.S. online shoppers are familiar with the VeriSign Secured Seal, more than any other mark(2). The seal is viewed by consumers over 150 million times per day and has been tested and proven to help increase transactions by as much as 31 percent(3). The VeriSign Secured Seal appears on over 90,000 domains in 145 countries around the world.

VeriSign's SSL certificates include the popular brands VeriSign, GeoTrust, thawte and RapidSSL®. Learn more about the VeriSign SSL Certificates and the VeriSign Secured Seal at:

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VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at

(1) Applicable to organization authenticated certificates only. Certain GeoTrust and thawte brand certificates, and RapidSSL certificates, include domain authentication only. Such certificates verify that the certificate owner has control over the domain name, and enable encryption of information, but do not verify and provide information about the identity of the certificate owner.

(2) "VeriSign Secured Research," TNS August 2006. This study was sponsored by VeriSign and was comprised of online shoppers at least 18 years old. U.S. respondents were recruited from the TNS NFO Panel.

(3) Statistic as reported by customer Virtual Sheet Music in case study published in April 2008. See "Virtual Sheet Music, Inc." Your company's results may vary.

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as the inability of VeriSign to successfully develop and market new products and services and customer acceptance of any new products or services, including VeriSign EV SSL solutions; the possibility that VeriSign's announced new services may not result in additional customers, profits or revenues; and increased competition and pricing pressures. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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