VeriSign said Monday that it has begun to add a "VeriSign Trust Seal" logo to search results and on Web sites, that can be used to verify that a site does not harbor malware.
PC World - VeriSign already places a logo on some sites that tells the user that it has secured the site via an SSL certificate. The "VeriSign Trusted" logo now also means that the site is checked on a daily basis to see if an attacker was able to penetrate its security and inject malware that would then be downloaded by the site's customers.
A related "Seal-in-Search" technology will place a VeriSign logo next to search results, including Google, alerting users that VeriSign has certified the site as safe to visit, where malware is concerned.
"In the face of increasingly elaborate attacks and fraud schemes, web sites need solutions that do more than data encryption," said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign. "By enhancing our SSL Certificate services with new features that instill trust at every step of the online experience—at no additional charge to our customers—we're delivering a more robust and value-driven solution. In the process, we're redefining what web sites should expect from online security."
If malware is found on the customer's site, VeriSign turns off the Trust Seal for the site, preventing it from being loaded and displayed. The site then can go to VeriSign's site, where the malware code is identified, and remove it. About 24 hours after the code is removed, the site will be re-scanned. If the malware is truly gone, VeriSign will re-enable the "Trusted" logo, VeriSign said.