Leading Online Domain Marketplace Adopts GlobalSign’s Extended Validation SSL

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Sedo chooses to implement the highest level of SSL security on .com and .de websites

Search Engine for Domain Offers

GlobalSign NV, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, has today announced that Sedo, the global domain marketplace, is the latest enterprise to adopt its Extended Validation (EV) SSL to secure customer-facing websites. Operating within the domain business where online security is key, Sedo needed to ensure that its brand and customers were fully protected at all times from today’s increasingly sophisticated online security threats. The implementation of EV SSL technology on their sites now allows all information exchanged, including client data, logins and credit card transactions, to be encrypted using the strongest SSL available.

Sedo’s adoption of Extended Validation SSL is another testimony of the growing demand for the highest levels of SSL security within the global market, where the number of EV SSL Certificates in use has more than doubled in the past year (http://www.netcraft.com). EV SSL technology is the most visible way to illustrate a site’s identity and security to the end user by activating the green address bar in IE7 & 8, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari. Adoption of EV SSL will elevate Sedo’s online brand image, leading to increased customer confidence and resulting in higher website visitor to customer conversions.

Sedo takes the security of its customers’ information very seriously and GlobalSign’s EV SSL solution allows them to demonstrate this commitment. Sedo chose to switch to GlobalSign from its previous vendor to benefit from the unique features offered by the simplified and cost-effective product range. Sedo now uses EV SSL for its .com and .de websites, securing additional subdomains and FQDNs with a single Certificate by taking advantage of GlobalSign’s Subject Alternative Names option, thus simplifying the overall SSL management as well as reducing costs.

“We have implemented GlobalSign’s EV SSL Certificate on our website so that our customers can communicate on the Sedo platform as securely as they would do when banking online. All our transactions are secured using the highest available security standard and these certificates show our customers that Sedo is a serious, trusted and reliable provider”, said Ulrich Priesner, CTO, Sedo.com.

“Sedo’s adoption of EV SSL on its international websites clearly illustrates the importance of SSL security for today’s online enterprises. Website security is at the top of the agenda for companies as they are increasingly concerned about preserving their brand image and protecting their clients from online risks”, said Steve Waite, Marketing Director, GlobalSign. In recent months GlobalSign has seen an increasing number of organisations switching to EV SSL from the more traditional types of domain validated and organisation validated SSL Certificates, to benefit from this business differentiator”.

All GlobalSign SSL Certificates are issued from GlobalSign’s trusted 2048 bits root certificate, the strongest root available today and the standard for EV issuance. The certificates are feature-packed and include free Server Gated Cryptography for increased security (to “step up” weak browser encryption to strong encryption on older browsers), universal compatibility with all browsers and mobile devices, and 3 for 1 server licenses. GlobalSign is dedicated to making its highly trusted technology available to all types of organisations across the globe, simplifying SSL management whilst offering competitive pricing with multi-year discounts.

For more information on EV SSL and to see the GlobalSign Extended SSL Certificate in operation please visit https://ev.globalsign.com/.

About EV SSL Certificates
The criteria for issuing EV Certificates (the EV Certificate Guidelines) are produced by the CA/Browser Forum, an organisation whose members include leading Certification Authorities and browser vendors, as well as representatives from the legal and audit sectors.

About Sedo
Sedo, an acronym for "Search Engine for Domain Offers," is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world's largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 16 million listings. The success of Sedo's model has attracted a global membership base of more than 1 million domain professionals. Sedo is owned by Sedo Holding AG (ISIN DE0005490155 / German WKN: 549015), which is part of the German United Internet AG (ISIN DE0005089031/ WKN 508903). Sedo offers regional versions of its site for the UK (Sedo.co.uk), France (Sedo.fr), Germany (Sedo.de), and Spain (Sedo.com). For additional information, please visit them online at http://www.Sedo.com

About GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 9449). Please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

For further details please contact:

Steve Waite
+32 16 891900 / +44 1622 766766

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