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McAfee, Inc. Partners with VeriSign to Promote VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates

  • 14 March, 2007 11:00

<p>McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) and VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, today announced that McAfee® will automatically enable consumers using Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) operating on the Windows XP operating system to get the new Extended Validation (EV) functionality for sites that use VeriSign SSL Certificates.</p>
<p>VeriSign EV SSL Certificates help maximise consumer confidence by providing third-party verification of a website's authenticity, while securing online transactions through encryption. When a user enters a URL through a high-security browser such as IE7, the browser address bar will turn green, indicating that the site's identity has been verified using known, reliable authentication methodology. The green browser bar will also display both the name of the verified organisation as well as the SSL provider, allowing consumers to confirm the genuine name of the businesses with which they are interacting.</p>
<p>Currently, IE7 operating on the Microsoft Vista operating system is the only browser that automatically displays green browser bar to indicate the presence of EV SSL certificates. To address EV functionality for other operating systems, VeriSign has created the VeriSign EV Upgrader™—which helps enable all supported platforms of IE7 browsers, including Windows XP, to detect EV SSL Certificates and display them appropriately. EV Upgrader prompts IE7 systems to seamlessly update their VeriSign SSL Certificate roots.</p>
<p>Incorporating VeriSign EV Upgrader technology into its public-facing sites McAfee assures that its users receive the root update that makes it possible for IE7 browsers to recognise VeriSign EV SSL Certificates and display the green address bar and other EV interface conventions. With this partnership, VeriSign and McAfee will expand the potential pool of consumers that will be able to fully benefit from the capabilities of the EV SSL technology.</p>
<p>“We are excited to support VeriSign EV SSL Certificates, which help McAfee meet its mission of protecting what consumers consider valuable,” said Marc Solomon, director of product management, McAfee Consumer. “Consumers remain concerned about banking and transacting online, and VeriSign EV SSL Certificates provide another layer of security.”</p>
<p>VeriSign EV SSL Certificates complement McAfee’s safe search and surf initiatives via McAfee SiteAdvisorä. McAfee SiteAdvisor's pioneering safe search technology protects Internet users from adware, spam, viruses, phishing and other online scams. SiteAdvisor's software adds intuitive red, yellow or green ratings to sites and search results based on proprietary tests of more than 95% of the trafficked Web. SiteAdvisor's award-winning software is available free of charge at</p>
<p>A website that has undergone VeriSign Extended Validation has passed rigorous authentication procedures, including the verification of domain ownership and organisational identity. Businesses interested in learning more about VeriSign EV SSL Certificates, should visit</p>
<p>“We are pleased to be working with McAfee to bring VeriSign EV SSL Certificates to the broadest possible audience of consumers," said Chris Babel, vice president, SSL, VeriSign. "By making EV functionality available to McAfee customers, VeriSign and McAfee are greatly expanding the number of individuals who can enjoy another layer of security when conducting online transactions. And as the industry works together to bring transparency in rooting out fraudulent sites, we will continue to provide solutions that allow consumers to transact online with confidence."</p>
<p>About VeriSign</p>
<p>VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), operates digital infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world’s voice and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at</p>
<p>About McAfee:</p>
<p>McAfee Inc., the leading dedicated security technology company, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world. With its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee empowers home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers with the ability to block attacks, prevent disruptions, and continuously track and improve their security.</p>
<p>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's Extended Validation SSL Certificates; 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, 2005 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.</p>
<p>NOTE: McAfee and SiteAdvisor are registered trademarks of McAfee, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. McAfee Red in connection with security is distinctive of McAfee brand products. All other registered and unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property of their respective owners. ©2007 McAfee, Inc. All rights reserved.</p>

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