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FreeSSL.com announces the only completely free alternative to un-trusted "self signed" SSL certificates

FREE 1 year fully functional, trusted SSL available immediately, night or day

Denver, CO April 2003. FreeSSL.com, the SSL certificate security specialist, has today announced that they have experienced a staggering growth in the first quarter of 2003, for customers using its FreeSSL brand of trusted SSL certificate. Since launching in 2001, FreeSSL.com has experienced great success in providing the small to medium size business (SMB) market with the lowest cost SSL certificates available.

Paul Tourret, Vice President of Sales for FreeSSL.com, stated "We are now issuing well in excess of 1000 FreeSSL certificates per week to entry level SMB customers and seeing double digit growth rates month on month for the highly trusted ChainedSSL certificates".

FreeSSL.com originally launched with its FreeSSL Certificate brand and it became an instant hit within the SSL marketplace. The FreeSSL brand uniquely enabled businesses to obtain 1 year fully functional and trusted SSL certificates suitable for the testing and development of online operations and e-commerce systems. The success of FreeSSL has grown over the years, predominantly due to it remaining the only completely free alternative to un-trusted "self signed" certificates. FreeSSL.com owns the root used to issue the certificates and hence makes installation very straightforward.

Previously, in order for developers and webmasters to test and develop SSL based systems, they would either be required to purchase a certificate specifically for their test environment or more commonly to use specialist software to create a self-signed certificate. As self signed certificates are not trusted by browsers and webservers, they would traditionally be forced to distribute the self signed root in order to avoid browser warning messages.

With the introduction of FreeSSL certificates, developers and webmasters have been able to utilise the 92 percent browser ubiquity FreeSSL offers instead of being forced to use self signed certificates, and hence they can now avoid the extra efforts and resources required to generate and distribute such self-signed certificates.

Indpendent industry statistics which can be readily seen on the likes of www.securityspace.com reveal that the number of "self signed" certificates issued, caters for nearly 7 percent of the market. Only the big 2 CAs, namely GeoTrust and Verisign can boast greater certificate market shares! Clearly the FreeSSL brand from FreeSSL.com can address the webserver and e-commerce system developer and tester market by providing a trusted certificate with 92 percent browser recognition, substituting the need to use un-trusted self-signed certificates that would otherwise have to be generated by open-source or webserver software.

Another key stumbling block for developers has been the issue of obtaining SSL certificates quickly.

FreeSSL.com has solved this issue for the Developer community through its 2nd Generation automated issuance process allowing immediate access to the FreeSSL certificates. FreeSSL.com utilises a fully automated validation process, which conducts a dual online and offline verification of the SSL application. Customers have to initially provide their CSR and admin details, before being taken through a real time two factor authentication procedure using telephony validation in combination with email and domain name control challenges. The process is simple, yet highly effective."

Tourret commented "The process has been an exceptionally well received system for obtaining SSL certificates suitable for both development and commercial requirements, immediately, night or day." Tourret added "it has been a breath of fresh air to see how much our customers actually enjoy the application process and how delighted they are in receiving their certificate promptly".

Steve Waite, Vice President of Marketing for FreeSSL.com comments, "Whilst the automated system is leading edge Internet technology, the most important factor is that customers actually get their validated SSL certificates immediately. This removes the extreme pain normally associated with obtaining SSL certificates from other organisations that simply cannot match the FreeSSL.com speed of issuance".

It's 3am and your boss needs the secure site to go live before the morning…
It's Sunday afternoon and all the CAs are not answering the phone, but you need to get a secure site live in the next hour...
It's midnight and your current SSL Certificate has just expired - you are losing customers by the minute...

These are real scenarios that the SMB face everyday. Developers have a choice to take the gamble on so called "instant" or "speedy" services that rarely deliver SSL in under 2 working days, or choose FreeSSL.com and obtain SSL certificates immediately from a fully qualified, regulated and approved Certification Authority.

Tourret comments "SSL buyers are welcome to obtain a FREE FreeSSL certificate for their website prior to purchasing a commercial grade product, that way people can experience first hand the seamless issuance process from FreeSSL.com. I strongly advise buyers read the many caveats that other SSL providers add to their supposed prompt SSL delivery services before purchasing and hence avoid missing crucial deadlines".

The ChainedSSL brand provides the perfect upgrade path to the FreeSSL certificates and has been exceptionally well received by customers, resellers, ISPs and web hosting companies. Customers can migrate readily from FreeSSL to ChainedSSL when their webservers and e-commerce applications are ready for commercialization. By combining essential factors such as being issued by a WebTrust audited CA, industry standard 128 / 256 bit encryption, automated validation, 24/7/365 around the clock fast immediate issuance, full customer support, high browser ubiquity and the lowest prices available, ChainedSSL occupies a unique position in the SSL providers market.

It has been commented by industry analysts that the entry of chained root brands such as ChainedSSL has intensified competition and enlivened the security industry. "ChainedSSL has established significant market share within the first few months of launching." continues Tourret, "The recent investments in infrastructure and people will now allow us to grow significantly over the coming months. With a combination of our FreeSSL and ChainedSSL brands we are confident that we will offer the best deal on SSL possible - a position obtained through the delivery of exceptional customer service and the lowest priced SSL certificates for the SMB available today."

About FreeSSL.com
FreeSSL.com (www.freessl.com) is an Internet security specialist, focussed on providing small/medium businesses (SMB) with strong 128 / 256 bit encryption, industry standard SSL certificates. FreeSSL.com is dedicated to being the lowest cost provider of SSL to the SMB marketplace and offers the FreeSSL and ChainedSSL certificate brands. FreeSSL certificates remove the barrier of entry for companies wanting to test or develop their webservers or e-commerce systems by providing the only available source for FREE, one-year valid SSL certificates. ChainedSSL certificates provide the lowest cost, highly trusted chained root SSL security available for SMB websites and are ideal for low transaction value and low volume e-commerce requirements.

All certificates utilise a fully automated 2nd Generation validation and issuance platform allowing customers to uniquely obtain certificates 24/7/365 immediately. FreeSSL.com provides industry leading customer care available by telephone, email and web. FreeSSL.com can be contacted at www.freessl.com and by telephone at US 866-795-4669 or Europe +44 203 0240906.



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