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 http://pages.ebay.com/catindex/antiques.html)
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.verisign.com.
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.