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The launch of Firefox 3.0 with a record 8 million downloads on its release day further accelerates the wide scale acceptance of EV SSL certificates

Jersey City, NJ (June 25, 2008) – After more than 34 months of development, the Mozilla Developer Center recently released its newest edition of Firefox, version 3. This marks an important milestone in the widespread adoption of Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates as part of new browser security measures designed to protect 175 million Mozilla users from phishing sites. Comodo EV SSL Certificates and EV SSL Certificates from other Certification Authorities protect Internet visitors during online transactions because the green address bar shows users that the site has been validated and is not fraudulent.

Firefox currently has approximately 36 percent of the browser market, and with the latest release, the Mozilla Foundation announced that the enhancements to Firefox are largely related to improving security in online activities including:

  • One-click site info: New visual indicators in the location bar displays site owner and checks if connection is protected from eavesdropping. Sites using Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, will display the verifying green URL and show the name of the company.
  • New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.
  • Better downloading including a progress indicator in the status bar and anti-virus checks.
  • Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware
  • New Web Forgery Protection page: the content of pages suspected as web forgeries is no longer shown.
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check: Firefox now automatically checks add-on and plugin versions and will disable older, insecure versions.
  • Secure add-on updates: to improve add-on update security, add-ons that provide updates in an insecure manner will be disabled.
  • Anti-virus integration: Firefox will inform anti-virus software when downloading executables.
  • Effective top-level domain (eTLD) service better restricts cookies and other restricted content to a single domain.
  • Better protection against cross-site JSON data leaks.

Why EV SSL Certificates is Important for Creating Trust Online

High profile incidents of fraud and phishing scams have made Internet users wary of conducting online transactions. The introduction of EV SSL Certificates to the market, led by Comodo’s CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu by founding the C/AB Forum (Certification Authority and Browsers), provides a new type of identity verification through the green visual indicator in the address bar. This provides site visitors with information that confirms the eMerchant’s verified identity through a rigorous and standardized authentication process.

Comodo EV SSL Certificates – more technology, more savings, more trust.

Comodo has introduced proprietary technology to make EV SSL Certificates easier to purchase and deploy. Some advantages of Comodo EV SSL Certificates include:

  • More sophisticated deployment technology:
    • Comodo’s patent-pending EV AUTO-Enhancer™ – Automatic Deployment and Maintenance Technology:

      This technology allows online businesses to quickly, efficiently and with little manual intervention deploy EV SSL on all pages by automatically installing Comodo’s new EV root certificate into the trusted root store of the user’s browser whenever an https session is initiated. Comodo’s EV AUTO-Enhancer™ technology works without any webpage modifications and works even when JavaScript is disabled in users’ browsers.

    • Comodo Auto CSR Requestor:

      Comodo provides a new tool to automatically create a public/private key pair on a local machine and then use this key pair to generate the CSR and automatically submit it to Comodo over a secure SSL connection to create your certificate for IIS 6.0 and Apache.

  • Advanced authentication infrastructure ensures efficient management of stringent business verification processes to ensure timely issuance of EV SSL certificates to verified sites.
  • Cost savings of over 70% on a single or multi year terms representing thousands of dollars saved per certificate.

Mitigating trust threats continue to be a top priority for Comodo because the Internet is still evolving.” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo. “Comodo is taking an active role in establishing the standards needed to protect people while they shop and interact online by driving a new level of accountability into all online transactions. EV SSL Certificates is a large part of that strategy and now that Firefox is able to detect EV SSL Certificates, more online visitors will be protected than ever before.”

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About Comodo

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 SSLCode SigningContent 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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