Jersey City, NJ, June 24, 2009 - The number of phony websites impersonating legitimate ones is on the rise, created by scammers to trick Internet users into divulging their personal information or installing malware.
The process often begins with a legitimate looking but counterfeit customer service email inviting an unsuspecting and under-protected consumer to access one of these bogus sites. This practice, known as "phishing" affects millions of Internet users every year.
As one of the Internet's largest Certification Authorities Comodo has devised ways to distinguish and identify a real website from an impostor. We have created a database of over 500,000 legitimate websites with the real Internet addresses where they can be found.
PC's equipped with Comodo Verification engine, a free, unobtrusive, lightweight application instantly checks this database for every website visited. If it's legitimate and in our database, the border around a user's browser will glow green, and an arrow will point to the site's verified logo. If it doesn't, users are advised to proceed with caution.
Verification engine will also provide a clear visual indicator about the level of SSL security on a site, and warn if a site is using the type of SSL Certificate favored by scammers.
The Comodo companies provide the infrastructure that is essential in enabling e-merchants, other Internet-connected companies, software companies, and individual consumers to interact and conduct business via the Internet safely and securely. The Comodo companies offer PKI SSL, Code Signing, Content Verification and Email Certificate; award winning PC Security software; Vulnerability Scanning services for PCI Compliance; secure e-mail and fax services.
Continual innovation, a core competence in PKI, and a commitment to reversing the growth of Internet-crime distinguish the Comodo companies as vital players in the Internet's ongoing development. Comodo secures and authenticates online transactions and communications for over 200,000 business customers and 3,000,000 users of our desktop security products.
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