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VeriSign Identity Protection Access for Mobile Widens Support

Supports the popular J2ME and BREW platforms

VeriSign, a provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, continues to gain traction with customers in driving the adoption of mobile phone-based security for online access. The VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service is a cloud-based authentication service enabling secure online access for end users utilizing their mobile phones. Today, VeriSign supports both standalone mobile security applications as well as a Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for building security into mobile applications.

The VIP Access for Mobile application is offered for free from VeriSign and transforms more than 500 different types of mobile devices into VIP credentials for strong authentication including the most popular handsets -- iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and handsets supporting the most popular J2ME and BREW platforms. Strong authentication works by requiring each user to provide not just a username and password but also a unique, one-time six-digit security code generated by a user's VIP authentication credential.

VIP Access for Mobile now has added support for Nexus One, the latest Android-powered device, and other Android phones from HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Android phone users can take advantage of the added safeguards of VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) with a free application available from Android Market. For businesses using Google Apps Premier Edition, VIP Access for Mobile for the Android platform provides another way to add an extra layer of protection when accessing their information.

The VeriSign Mobile SDK allows developers to easily embed VIP security into their value added mobile applications. These applications include mobile banking, mobile payments, social networks and media distribution. VIP customers can now utilize the mobile SDK to simplify account access for their users while making the logon experience much safer and easier. For organizations taking advantage of the Mobile SDK, all their users can maintain or shorten the logon process with security provided 'under the hood' between the mobile application and the enterprise -- which means no longer will they be required to go through the three-step process of entering their username, password, and dynamic security code. VeriSign supports the most popular handset platforms including Android, iPhone, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), Windows Mobile and BREW.

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