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VeriSign to Extend SSL Security to Web Sites With Internationalized Domain Names

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Marketwire) - Seven of every 10 people in the world don't speak English, but that isn't keeping them from using the Internet. Now, domain name registrants and Web site operators not only can reach users in their own language — they can also protect their sites with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates from VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.

VeriSign today announced that its SSL Certificates will now support Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). IDNs display Web site addresses in local language characters, such as Sinitic characters used in China, Kanji symbols from Japan, and Cyrillic characters in Russia.

The move will bring the VeriSign Secured® Seal — the world's most recognized trust mark — to potentially millions more Web sites worldwide. Now, businesses with established brand recognition in non-Latin based scripts and languages can show visitors that their site is secured using industry leading SSL technology. For more information about SSL Certificates for Internationalized Domain Names, visit

VeriSign® SSL Certificates enable an essential function for online businesses: secure information exchange. IDNs have been often regarded as a potential phishing tool because of the similarity of some foreign characters to Roman characters. VeriSign SSL Certificates can help protect both site visitors and site owners, by assuring visitors that the site they are visiting is the authentic site they meant to visit. By improving security to build trust with consumers, site owners can boost their visitor-to-sales conversions and lower their incidents of abandoned shopping carts.

"Internationalized domain names are gaining traction with the introduction of IDN-enabled browsers like Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox," said Michael Lin, vice president of SSL product management at VeriSign. "Providing the latest security protection is a key step toward achieving a globally interconnected Internet that serves linguistically diverse populations. For its part in this effort, VeriSign is pleased to extend the protection of VeriSign SSL Certificates to sites using IDNs."

VeriSign is the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 500 — and the world's 40 largest banks — rely on SSL Certificates sold by VeriSign (including VeriSign's subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers) to meet their security needs. For more information on VeriSign SSL protection, visit:

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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

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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