Extended Validation Certificates Give Customers Green Light to Buy: Network Solutions Offers New Classification of SSL Certificates That Recognize Companies With the Highest Level of Online Security

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Network Solutions (http://www.networksolutions.com), the leading provider of online solutions for small businesses, introduced SiteSafe(TM) Extended Validation Certificates (EV Certificates), a new level of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates that offers the highest level of security and assurance. With state-of-the-art encryption and rigorous validation criteria that applicants must meet, the new extended validation classification provides internet surfers who have EV certificates with increased confidence that the sites are valid, secure and safe for business transactions. For a limited time, Network Solutions is offering special introductory pricing on SiteSafe Extended Validation Certificates, starting at $399.50 per year with a multi-year term purchase.

By offering Extended Validation Certificates, our customers will be able to show their customers that they are serious about security and about providing the most secure Web sites possible for business transactions.

    "Network Solutions is committed to delivering effective solutions to the constantly evolving online security threats businesses face," said Champ Mitchell, chairman and CEO of Network Solutions. "By offering Extended Validation Certificates, our customers will be able to show their customers that they are serious about security and about providing the most secure Web sites possible for business transactions."

"Green Means Go!"

As visual assurance of an extended validation level of security, the address bar of next-generation Web browsers (like Microsoft's Internet Explorer(R) 7) turns green when the user surfs to a Web site protected by an EV Certificate. In addition to the padlock image and "https" shown today, the green bar is expected to become the next visual signal sought by customers seeking safe online transactions. Web sites secured by non-EV Certificates continue to display the closed padlock and "https"; however, the browser address bar remains white. Known "phishing" or otherwise untrustworthy sites, as well as those sites with expired SSL certificates, turn the address bar red in next-generation browsers. The new green address bar immediately shows site visitors that a Web site using an EV Certificate is not a fraudulent or "phishing" site.

Let's Make Your Web Site Green

Network Solutions' EV Certificate application process requires applicants to provide, for validation, detailed information about their businesses, such as a Dun & Bradstreet(R) registration number; proof of physical address via database listings; and corporate, financial, and government issued documents such as Articles of Incorporation. Due to the rigorous validation process required for EV Certificates, the validation and issuance process may take several days to complete. Due to industry restrictions, individuals and certain types of business entities, such as sole proprietorships and general partnerships, are not eligible for EV Certificates at this time. However, for those businesses that do not meet the strict EV Certificate eligibility requirements, Network Solutions offers several other types of 256-bit SSL certificates that demonstrate a company's legitimacy and provide the same level of encryption as an EV Certificate.

About Network Solutions:

Network Solutions, LLC, the leading provider of online solutions for small businesses, offers a full range of services, including Web hosting, web design, e-commerce software, search engine marketing, SSL certificates, e-mail services and domain name registration. Network Solutions draws on 28 years of experience to make it simple and affordable for customers to build and manage an online presence through a one-stop Web Solutions provider. Additional information about Network Solutions' offerings is available at http://www.networksolutions.com.

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