October 08, 2009 08:00 ET

VeriSign Helps Candy.com and CostumeWorks Provide Customers Treats and Not Tricks for Halloween Using Enhanced Security for Online Shoppers

Small Online Businesses See Value in Providing Customers With Premium Security and Authentication With VeriSign EV SSL

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, is helping Candy.com and CostumeWorks serve up treats and garb for online shoppers this Halloween with the advanced security and authentication of VeriSign® Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates. With EV SSL Certificates, only trick-or-treaters and Halloween partygoers get to masquerade their identities, not Web sites.

As part of their commitment to security, CostumeWorks and Candy.com deployed VeriSign EV SSL Certificates, which allow site visitors instantly recognizable confirmation that they are dealing with authentic Web sites. EV SSL Certificates help prevent shoppers from having to live through a real Halloween horror story posed by fraudulent Web pages. E-criminals are increasingly using such imposter sites to steal credit card information and other sensitive personal data.

"Enabling a safe and trouble free shopping experience was a key element in the development of our site," said Ryan Dover, President of CostumeWorks. "As a new retailer, using VeriSign EV SSL allowed us to provide an immediate, unparalleled level of trust for our customers."

"We take pride in being able to provide our customers with a safe, worry-free shopping experience," said Greg Balestrieri, CEO at Candy.com. "We integrated VeriSign EV SSL Certificates into our Web site infrastructure because we know the importance of protecting our customers' identity and wanted to make sure they know they can shop for their favorite candy products with a company they can trust."

More than 65% of the browsers in the world can display the green EV SSL security address bar, including high security browsers such as the latest beta version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), Firefox 3.0, Google Chrome, Safari 4 and Opera 9.X. When Internet users equipped with these browsers visit a site protected by EV SSL Certificates, the top of the browser lights up in green and displays the name of the company operating the Web site. This green glow offers immediate reassurance that they've reached a site whose authenticity has been verified by a certificate authority such as VeriSign, the world's leading SSL certificate authority.

"The kind of trust generated by the EV SSL green address bar is important for customers and businesses alike, especially new online businesses such as Candy.com and CostumeWorks," said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign. "The two companies join thousands of leading online businesses in various industries that have deployed VeriSign EV SSL Certificates to instantly show online customers their site is authentic and secure."

As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 12,000 online businesses. In fact, more than 95% of the Fortune 500 -- and the world's 97 largest SSL-using banks -- rely on some form of SSL Certificate from VeriSign (including VeriSign and its subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers) to meet their security needs. For more information on how to stay safe online, go to www.trustthecheck.com. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit http://www.verisign.com/EV-SSL.

About CostumeWorks

CostumeWorks is an Internet specialty retail company that sells costumes, decorations, and party supplies into the consumer costume market. By employing interactive web practices, user generated content, and online activities, CostumeWorks provides a fun, engaging, and entertaining retail experience. And as a TBL, or triple bottom line enterprise, CostumeWorks has made giving back to schools, non-profits, and community organizations a primary focus of its business. More information -- and a lot of costumes -- are available online at www.costumeworks.com.

About Candy.com

Candy.com is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts and ships anywhere in the U.S. via UPS. For more information go to www.candy.com.

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 www.verisign.com.

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