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20120417 - VeriSign SSL products become Symantec ones

In August of 2010, Symantec acquired VeriSign Authentication Services including VeriSign SSL Certificates and the VeriSign Trust Seal.

Since this acquisition in August 2010, Symantec has accelerated development and increased investment in its premium SSL and code signing certificates, to simplify the user experience, add more value, and improve operational and technical efficiency. New features that add value and differentiate its products include seal visibility in search through Seal-in-Search™ and Norton Safe Web, and early detection and better threat protection through daily website malware scanning and weekly vulnerability assessment.

The time has come for the transition and in April 2012, Symantec Inc. will change the name and logo for VeriSign Trust Seal and the VeriSign Checkmark to Norton™ Secured Seal with a new graphical trust mark. Yet, the same support and sales teams will continue to provide high standard services to deliver the best SSL products on the market.

"Symantec will continue to use the same rigorous and proven authentication processes to verify businesses and websites. We’ll also provide the same great partner support and customer service and you will continue to work with the same sales teams you know."

What is going to change

The name of the products first:
  • VeriSign Code Signing -> Symantec Code Signing
  • VeriSign Secure Site -> Symantec Secure Site
  • VeriSign Secure Site Pro -> Symantec Secure Site Pro
  • VeriSign Secure Site EV -> Symantec Secure Site EV
  • VeriSign Secure Site Pro Ev -> Symantec Secure Site
  • VeriSign Trust Seal -> Norton Secured Seal

Then the trust seal. The VeriSign Trust Seal becomes the Norton Secured Seal and get a brand new look:
VeriSign Trust Seal Norton Secured Seal

Those modifications will take place on April, 15th. You won't have to do anything, it will entirely be automated. The new seals will have the same size than the former ones, so there won't be any integration issue.

It will be a good trade for the new seal will include both the strength of the VeriSign tick and the notoriety of the Symantec's Norton.

What remains the same

The certificates will be issued the same way than before and will stay chained to the roots currently used, so they will have the same recognition rate.