Digital certificates act like electronic passports, enabling companies worldwide to offer secure services for voting, authorizing bank transactions, and purchasing goods and services.
They encrypt private information such as credit card numbers, and allow web merchants to verify a site’s authenticity.
Customers of Register.com will soon be able to buy Baltimore digital certificates while they register a domain name, so that they can conduct secure business online.
“Digital certificate technology has become an integral part of a successful e-commerce strategy,” said Richard Forman, president of Register.com. “By teaming up with Baltimore, we’re confident we can provide our customers with a better option than is currently on the market – one that combines quality, affordability and easy access.”
Fran Rooney, chief executive officer of Baltimore, said, “This agreement brings our certificate products to the widest possible audience. Now companies going online can buy world class security at the same time as establishing their web presence.”
The market for digital certificates has grown dramatically over the last two years. IDC predicts that it will grow from $148.9 million in 2000 to $726.4 million in 2003.
Baltimore root certificates are installed in millions of browsers worldwide allowing Register.com to offer its customers one of the most competitive product offerings for small businesses.
“Based on customer surveys, over half of all register.com customers see digital security as an important part of conducting business online, and thanks to today’s alliance with Baltimore Technologies, we’re in a great position to fulfill this burgeoning need,” said Ronald Fried, senior vice president of business development at Register.com. “By generating a more competitive environment, we hope to do with the digital certificate market what we did with the domain registration market and make obtaining online security services easier and more affordable than ever before.”
Register.com provides domain name registration for individuals and businesses that wish to have a unique address and a branded identity on the Internet, including domain name resale services through its subsidiary, Afternic.com. Register.com also allows telcos and ISPs to offer, brand and manage their own version of the register.com domain registration and website-creation services.
Since its foundation in 1994, Register.com has processed over three million domain registrations. The company is based in New York City.
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services to enable companies to develop secure systems for e-business, the Internet and mobile commerce. The company employs 1,000 people worldwide and operates from over 30 cities, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland; London, UK; Boston, USA and Sydney, Australia.