SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

November 20, 2008 13:18 ET

With Help From VeriSign, JetBlue Airways Joins a List of Other Top Travel Sites to Help Ensure a Secure Send-Off for the Holidays

VeriSign's EV SSL Certificates Protect Consumers Against Phishing Schemes as They Go Online to Book Trips for the Busiest Travel Season of the Year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - As travelers prepare for the joys and stresses of the Thanksgiving holiday, the savviest are booking their trips on sites protected by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Whether traveling by air or by car, staying with family or in hotels, more travelers than ever can marry their zeal for searching for deals with the assurance of VeriSign Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates.

JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines join Central Reservation Service (CRSHotels) and the more than 6,000 other sites using VeriSign EV SSL*. These leading travel companies are providing their customers with online security measures to help protect against phishing schemes. By displaying a green address bar, which is enabled by an EV SSL Certificate, these top travel sites are letting customers know that they are on a Web site whose identity is verified by VeriSign -- and that their personal information is secure.

"VeriSign EV SSL protection helps us provide our valuable customers with the most trusted online experience possible," said Michael Stromer, Director of Interactive Marketing for JetBlue Airways. "As customers begin to book their holiday travel this season to any of JetBlue's 50 plus destinations, the assurance of enhanced validation takes away the stress of worrying about unsecure transactions."

"Trust is very important to CRSHotels," said Hakan Ogun, IT Manager of CRSHotels. "Before deploying EV SSL, we polled our customers and asked the top reasons why they did not complete the purchase procedure. Twenty seven percent reported they were concerned with the security of their personal information including credit card numbers."

When visiting a VeriSign EV SSL protected site, consumers using the latest high security browsers immediately see an easily recognizable green address bar, a lock icon next to the address bar and a new field that contains the name of the organization that owns the site as well as the security provider that issued the certificate, such as VeriSign.

"When consumers see the green address bar, they can rest assured that they are dealing with a secured Web site verified by a trusted certificate authority such as VeriSign, and not some fraudulent site set up by identity thieves to capture credit card numbers and other information," said Bob Cortale, vice president of SSL sales at VeriSign. "With VeriSign EV SSL protection, more online travel sites are able to protect their consumers and themselves online -- helping those businesses nurture the kind of trust that makes for lasting and lucrative customer relationships."

As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 6,000 Internet domains, representing greater than 75 percent of the entire EV SSL Certificate market worldwide.* In fact, over 95 percent of the Fortune 500 and 96 of the world's 100 largest SSL-using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates sold by VeriSign**. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit

About VeriSign

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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* Includes EV SSL issued by VeriSign and its subsidiaries.

** Includes VeriSign's subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers.