VeriSign to Extend SSL Security to Web Sites with Internationalized Domain Names

Mountain View, Calif. – August 18, 2008 – Seven of every 10
people in the world don’t speak English, but that isn’t keeping them
from using the Internet. Now, domain name registrants and Web site operators
not only can reach users in their own language – they can also protect
their sites with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates from VeriSign,
Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure
services for the networked world.

VeriSign today announced that its SSL Certificates
will now support Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). IDNs display
Web site addresses in local language characters, such as Sinitic characters
used in China, Kanji symbols from Japan, and Cyrillic characters in
Russia.

The move will bring the VeriSign Secured® Seal – the
world’s most recognized trust mark – to potentially millions more Web
sites worldwide. Now, businesses with established brand recognition
in non-Latin based scripts and languages can show visitors that their
site is secured using industry leading SSL technology.  For more
information about SSL Certificates for Internationalized Domain Names,
visit www.verisign.com/ssl-idn

VeriSign® SSL Certificates enable an essential function
for online businesses: secure information exchange. IDNs have been often
regarded as a potential phishing tool because of the similarity of some
foreign characters to Roman characters. VeriSign SSL Certificates can
help protect both site visitors and site owners, by assuring visitors
that the site they are visiting is the authentic site they meant to
visit. By improving security to build trust with consumers, site owners
can boost their visitor-to-sales conversions and lower their incidents
of abandoned shopping carts.

“Internationalized domain names are gaining traction
with the introduction of IDN-enabled browsers like Internet Explorer
7 and Firefox,” said Michael Lin, vice president of SSL product management
at VeriSign.  “Providing the latest security protection is a key
step toward achieving a globally interconnected Internet that serves
linguistically diverse populations. For its part in this effort, VeriSign
is pleased to extend the protection of VeriSign SSL Certificates to
sites using IDNs.”

VeriSign is the most respected and trusted SSL authority
on the Web. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 500 – and the world’s
40 largest banks – rely on SSL Certificates sold by VeriSign (including
VeriSign’s subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers) to meet their security
needs.  For more information on VeriSign SSL protection, visit: http://www.verisign.com/ssl/index.html

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.

Contacts

Media relations: Christina Rohall, crohall@verisign.com,
650-336-4663

Investor Relations: Nancy Fazioli, ir@verisign.com
, 650-426-5146

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 EV SSL
solutions;  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, 2007 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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