SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, Inc.

October 01, 2009 08:00 ET

VeriSign Extends Reach of Strong Authentication to Millions More Mobile Device Users

Free VIP Access for Mobile Application Now Supports Apple iPod Touch, Additional BlackBerry Smartphones, Windows Mobile and Hundreds of Other Mobile Devices

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - In response to a growing demand for advanced security solutions among mobile device users, VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, is putting its acclaimed VeriSign® Identity Protection (VIP) strong authentication into the hands of millions more users.

VeriSign today announced that the latest release of VIP Access for Mobile is now available for Apple® iPod touch®, additional BlackBerry® smartphones, and devices running the Windows Mobile® operating system -- in addition to hundreds of mobile devices supporting J2ME, the most ubiquitous application platform for mobile devices. The application already supports Apple iPhone®, BlackBerry smartphones and mobile devices from Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo, Pantech and more.

VIP Access for Mobile is a free mobile application that now transforms more than 200 different mobile devices into VIP authentication credentials. VIP Authentication Service -- also known as strong or two-factor authentication -- offers an additional layer of protection to any number of employees, partners or customers -- anyone who needs highly secure remote access to an organization's network. Two-factor authentication works by requiring each user to provide not just a username and password but also a unique one-time six-digit security code generated by a user's VIP authentication credential.

"Today, VeriSign is dramatically extending the global distribution channel of VIP authentication by adding millions more potential end-users via these additional mobile devices," said Kerry Loftus, vice president of User Authentication at VeriSign. "With the latest release of VIP Access for Mobile, we're accelerating the ubiquitous adoption of strong authentication by making it fast, easy and free for mobile subscribers to install and use. Our support of these additional smartphones will help enterprises deploy strong authentication among their employees, partners and customers at virtually no cost to them."

The latest release of the easy-to-install VIP Access for Mobile application features an enhanced download and activation process -- with no text messaging required -- making it easier than ever to quickly enjoy the protection of VIP authentication globally on VIP-enabled Web sites. Additionally, support for simple copy/paste of a security code and credential ID into a mobile browser or application enhances the user experience.

VIP Access for Mobile is available today for:

-- Apple iPod touch and iPhone users from the Apple® App Store(SM) by searching the Business category for "VIP Access." Users can also download from the iTunes® App Store and sync their iPhone or iPod touch

-- BlackBerry smartphones on BlackBerry App World™ at

-- Windows Mobile device users, as well as J2ME phone users, at

When online businesses protect their sites and users with VIP authentication, they become members of the unique VIP Network, which allows users to use a single security credential to authenticate themselves across any VIP-enabled Web site. With the cloud-based VIP service, enterprises and online businesses lower their total cost of ownership, speed deployment of two-factor authentication, and improve ease of use for IT administrators and end users.

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 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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