October 10, 2001
Press Release


MOUNTAIN VIEW and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - October 10, 2001 - VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN), the worldwide leader in providing digital trust services, and RealNames Corporation, the extended naming services company, today announced that VeriSign is making RealNames Keywords available to its global network of over 90 domain name registrars, enabling those registrars to sell Keywords.

Keywords are Web addresses that are easy to remember and use. Internet users who type Keywords (such as, Keyword: ebay antiques, instead of into the Microsoft Internet Explorer™ browser go directly to the information they are seeking. Keyword usage through the browser has increased over 250 percent in the last year, according to RealNames, whose diverse customers range from small companies to high profile brands and multinational companies.

"The Keyword Web navigation product will complement the popular .com, .net and .org domain name services that we currently provide to registrars," said Don Telage, senior vice president, VeriSign Global Registry Services. "Registrars will be able to easily add Keywords to the range of naming products and services they offer to their customers."

VeriSign plans on enabling its registrar channel to offer Keywords through their current online systems by the end of the year. Because Keywords support local identities, are registered on a country-by-country basis, work in all languages, and are composed of natural language names and phrases, VeriSign's registrar channel has a virtually limitless inventory of Keywords to sell worldwide.

"When the largest domain name registry decides to offer Keywords, it's an important validation of our vision, now shared by many," said Keith Teare, founder and CEO of RealNames Corp. "Our common goal is to extend the range of naming services available on the Internet. VeriSign and RealNames will undoubtedly continue to innovate by making navigation simpler and identities more powerful."

About RealNames Corporation
RealNames Corporation is a global infrastructure provider of Keywords, and offers a naming platform for the next generation Internet.

Keywords are a superior Web naming registration platform that extends the existing Domain Name System. Keywords replace complicated URLs with simple names and brands and work in the consumer's native language, making the Internet easier to use. The RealNames registration and resolution name services platform provides a modern naming layer on top of DNS and is available to all application developers through RealNames open APIs or through the .NET application programming interfaces.

The RealNames Keyword system is integrated into Microsoft Internet Explorer browser software. Like DNS, RealNames Keywords and name services are available through a worldwide channel of Registries and Registrars. Founded in 1996, RealNames is based in Redwood City, California with offices in London, Tokyo and Seoul. For more information, please enter Keyword: RealNames to visit our Web site. For more information on RealNames Global Registry Services and to apply for a country Keyword Registry or Registrar license, please e-mail

About VeriSign
VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN) is the worldwide leader in providing digital trust services that enable businesses and consumers to use digital networks with confidence. Digital trust services create a trusted environment through three core offerings - Web identity, authentication and payment services - powered by a global infrastructure that manages more than 5 billion communications and transactions a day. 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, VeriSign's limited operating history under its current business structure, uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, increased competition, risks associated with the company's international business and risks related to potential security breaches. 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, especially in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2001. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release. VeriSign is a registered trademark of VeriSign, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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