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World’s Largest CA Comodo and Web Hosting Platform Leader cPanel
Join Forces to Enable Automated SSL Encryption for the Web

Achievement pivots on AutoSSL, now
100 percent available to cPanel’s 72 million active domains

CLIFTON, N.J. and HOUSTON—Dec. 8, 2016 — Today, 90 percent of all websites do not have SSL encryption, putting their customers’ sensitive information at risk. To remedy this widespread vulnerability, cPanel, Inc., the web hosting platform leader with 72 million active domains, has introduced AutoSSL to automatically issue SSL certificates to its web hosting partners’ websites.

AutoSSL is available to all customers running cPanel & WHM version 60 or later. The company has already issued more than 5.8 million certificates in November, the first month of its phased-in rollout.

To achieve this massive scale of certificate issuance, securing 240,000 websites a day, cPanel selected Comodo, the largest Certificate Authority (CA) in the world, currently securing over 38 million fully qualified domains.

“We’re providing encryption through Domain Validated cPanel certificates at no additional charge to the cost of our software because we think it’s that important to secure the internet,” said cPanel CEO J. Nick Koston. “Our goal is to help build a more secure internet, and to get there, we’d like all of our existing customers to enable AutoSSL. We encourage anyone, not currently using cPanel & WHM version 60 or later, to switch or upgrade in order to take advantage of AutoSSL.”

AutoSSL is an automation feature included with cPanel & WHM version 60 and later. It discovers and deploys DV cPanel SSL certificates automatically to all websites, logins and endpoints on the server.

In addition to protecting websites, AutoSSL enables SSL on areas of cPanel and WHM that need encryption. This includes admin-based logins, email and internally running services. AutoSSL also renews expiring certificates. Protecting the privacy, security and trust of websites is now a "fire and forget" event.

“The entire internet needs to be secure, encrypted and trusted,” said Michael Fowler, president for Comodo CA. “Because of this, we are excited that the cPanel partnership allows us to secure millions of websites.”

Comodo creates trust online providing encryption through Domain Validated (DV) certificates, as well as Organizationally Validated (OV) and Extended Validation (EV) certificates, which both offer identity authentication of the website owner in addition to encryption. Authentication is important as users need to be aware of who is receiving their encrypted information.

About cPanel

Since 1997, cPanel, Inc. has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable, intuitive control panel. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM the hosting platform of choice. For more information, visit http://cpanel.com.

To keep up with cPanel's latest news, visit http://blog.cpanel.com/. You can also follow them on Twitter @cPanel and connect with them on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Comodo

The Comodo organization is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions, protecting critical information across the digital landscape. Building on its unique position as the world's largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world's largest enterprises. Comodo provides complete end-to-end security solutions across the boundary, internal network and endpoint with innovative technologies solving the most advanced malware threats, both known and unknown. With global headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey and branch offices in Silicon Valley, Comodo has international offices in China, India, the Philippines, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit comodo.com.

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Keep up to date with the latest Comodo News from the Comodo blog at https://blog.comodo.com/ and on Twitter @ComodoNews.

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For more information, media and analysts may contact: 
Deb Montner
Montner Tech PR
dmontner@montner.com
203-226-9290