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VeriSign, Inc.

October 21, 2009 09:00 ET

Avoiding Identity Theft and Online Scams Just Got Easier

New Web Site Provides Consumers With a Forum to Post Questions, Watch Video Tutorials, Take the Fake Site Challenge and Learn How to Stay Safe Online

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - Every day, identity thieves are getting smarter at tricking people into revealing their account numbers, passwords, Social Security Numbers and financial information. Last year, they racked up 9.9 million fraud victims who lost an average of $4,849 in each incident.* And potential victims are not always Internet novices, as recently evidenced by FBI Director Robert Mueller who admittedly almost fell victim to a phishing site that posed as his bank.**

Working within highly organized e-fraud cartels, today's criminals are outwitting Web-savvy consumers by luring them to Web pages that look real but aren't. They're phishing sites, clever copies of the real thing designed to capture sensitive personal data to be used maliciously by the phisher or sold to the highest bidder on the global black market.

But armed with the right information, consumers can protect themselves -- and their valuable personal information.

That information is freely available on, a Web site devoted to helping consumers keep safe as they surf the Web. Created by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, presents the tips and techniques consumers need to safely shop, bank, trade stocks and book travel online.

In addition to drawing on VeriSign's vast knowledge base on online trust, makes information accessible to you from a variety of independent sources, including the Federal Trade Commission, Parent-Teacher Associations, and many others. In addition to guidance on securing personal information, the site allows visitors to Take the Fake Site Challenge, an eye-opening experience that reveals just how similar many fraudulent sites are to the real thing.

The site also allows visitors to:

-- Take a crash course on staying safe on the Web.

-- Hear real stories and flip through videos of real people reliving their own Web security nightmares.

-- Ask the community questions about identity protection, viruses and worms, encryption and more. Visitors can also use the community forum to report a clever phishing email or online scam.

-- Learn what to look for during your online transactions by getting to know the Check, a globally recognizable symbol of trust.

-- Listen to a video coach provide simple steps to improve privacy on social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.'s Top 10

Visitors to seek out information about all kinds of Web security topics, from keeping kids safe online to understanding the risks of social networks. Here are the 10 most popular:

1. Phishing

2. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

3. https

4. Trusted sites

5. Two-factor authentication

6. Fraudulent sites

7. Security risks

8. Identity protection

9. Web browser security

10. Keeping kids safe online features a range of other related resources, including desktop widgets, a dictionary of security terms and a primer for businesses looking to build trust online.

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

* -- "2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report," Javelin Strategy & Research, Feb. 2, 2009; accessed at on Sept. 1, 2009

** -- "FBI Chief Almost Falls For Phishing Scheme, Wife Bans Him From Online Banking," Daily Tech, Oct. 8, 2009; accessed at Daily Tech on Oct. 19, 2009

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 SSL, EV SSL and Identity Protection services; 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, 2008 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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