TORONTO, CANADA, November 18, 2002 — Tucows Inc. (OTCBB: TCOW), a leading provider of outsourced Internet services to ISPs and web hosting companies, today announced the integration of GeoTrust’s QuickSSL‚Ñ¢, QuickSSL Premium‚Ñ¢ and True BusinessID‚Ñ¢ Wildcard solutions with Tucows’ OpenSRS platform. The addition of these digital security services represents the second phase in the company’s strategic agreement with GeoTrust, Inc. to deliver secure e-commerce transactions, identity verification and trust authentication services through Tucows’ network of more than 5,000 resellers worldwide. Tucows first offered GeoTrust’s True BusinessID‚Ñ¢, an SSL certificate and identity product, in July 2002.
“In the first phase of our partnership with GeoTrust, Tucows increased sales of digital certificates by 40 per cent, and increased the number of resellers selling digital certificates by 42 per cent,” said Elliot Noss, president and chief executive officer, Tucows Inc. “Tucows — with the support of our international network of resellers — has quickly become one of GeoTrust’s largest channel partners.”
“With the addition of QuickSSL, QuickSSL Premium and True BusinessID Wildcard solutions to our suite of service offerings,” Noss continued, “Tucows is positioned to deliver what our resellers have been asking for — a full range of affordable, fast and cost-effective security products designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses doing business online. Furthermore, Tucows’ resellers can now process digital certificates quickly and efficiently through Tucows’ OpenSRS streamlined provisioning platform.”
Tucows’ resellers now have a variety of security products to offer their customers:
(1) QuickSSL delivers commercial quality, 128-bit SSL digital certificates through a one-step, fully-automated process in as little as 10 minutes;
(2) QuickSSL Premium offers the same fully automated provisioning process with the added benefit of GeoTrust’s “QuickSSL seal,” a dynamically generated time/date stamp that cannot be copied; and
(3) True BusinessID Wildcard uses one 128-bit SSL server certificate to secure multiple websites that share the same server, thereby saving the time and money it takes to acquire and manage multiple server certificates.
“E-business security is an important concern for anyone doing business online, and Atlantic.Net customers responded well to Tucows’ initial offering of GeoTrust’s True BusinessID,” said Josh Simon, Website Services Director at Atlantic.Net, a Florida-based Internet service provider. “Now, with a full suite of GeoTrust security products to choose from, we are confident that we are offering our customers the best mix of competitively priced certificate options. Tucows’ new streamlined ordering system means our customers get the certificates they want when they want them.”
Tucows Inc. is a leading provider of outsourced Internet services to ISPs and web hosting companies worldwide. An ICANN-accredited registrar, Tucows provides outsourced domain name registrations for generic and country code top-level domains (TLDs), plus digital certificates. Tucows also distributes software and other digital content through its integrated network of partners and offers more than 30,000 software titles in libraries located around the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.tucows.com
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