VeriSign adds malware scanning to SSL services

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VeriSign is adding malware scanning to its authentication services for Web site operators, the company announced on Monday.

The "VeriSign Trusted" check mark seal indicates to Web surfers that VeriSign has verified that the site represents the organization or company that it purports to be and that it is using encryption to protect communications between the site and its visitors. Now, existing and new VeriSign SSL customers will have their sites scanned daily to check for malware as well, at no extra cost, said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign.

The company also is adding its seals to Web search results on shopping search engines Pricegrabber and TheFind, as well as on Google and Bing for people using AVG's LinkScanner software. "We are aggressively pursuing deals with other search engines," Callan said.

If VeriSign discovers malware on a customer Web site, it will remove the seal and notify the site administrator via e-mail. Site administrators can see a report detailing what code was found and where via a VeriSign management console. When the malware is removed VeriSign will scan the site to verify that and then replace the seal.

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