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Virgin Holidays Adopts GlobalSign’s EV SSL Technology to Provide Customers with Maximum Trust and Assurance

January 14, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ToolboxPortsmouth, NH – GlobalSign Inc., one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, today announced that Virgin Holidays is the latest major brand to implement GlobalSign’s Extended Validation (EV) SSL technology to secure its public facing web site www.virginholidays.com – the second Virgin brand to choose GlobalSign’s most advanced SSL Certificate, after Virgin Atlantic adopted the technology on its website in May last year.  EV SSL activates the browser’s green address bar in IE7 and 8, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari representing the most significant advancement in how consumers identify a secure site since the inception of SSL over 10 years ago.

In addition to turning the address bar green, websites using EV SSL feature the standard SSL “padlock”, as well as displaying advanced security and identity information, including the organization name behind the website and the issuing SSL Certification Authority.  These additional features provide visitors with visual reassurance that the site they are visiting is legitimate and that their personal information is fully secure – a clear business differentiator for online companies taking preventative action against today’s relentless phishing attacks.  The adoption of EV SSL by Virgin Holidays clearly shows their customers a strong ongoing commitment to online safety and security.


By choosing to upgrade their existing SSL Certificate to GlobalSign’s EV SSL from the more traditional type of Organization Validated SSL, Virgin Holidays will not only protect its brand from copy cat websites and safeguard customers’ from phishing attacks, but will elevate their site image, inevitably leading to reduced shopping basket abandonment rates and increased sales conversions; a win-win situation for both Virgin Holidays and its online customers.  Virgin Holidays’ adoption of EV SSL is also perfectly timed to coincide with the travel industry’s expected seasonal January sales peak.

“Virgin Holidays chose to implement EV SSL from GlobalSign due to their competitive prices and more importantly speed of issuance”, said Maria Carlin, IT Infrastructure Team Leader, Virgin Holidays.  “We wanted to ensure that our website was completely secure for our customers. Displaying the green bar through the use of EV SSL achieves this”.

As previously commented by Alex New, IT Architect at Virgin Atlantic; “Virgin Atlantic made the decision to migrate their existing standard level SSL Certificates to the latest Extended Validation SSL to provide the highest level of identity trust available to their online customers.  GlobalSign were able to deliver the platform and EV SSL products that meet our operational and security requirements and have helped make the switch to EV SSL Certificates straightforward.”

“With the number of phishing attacks constantly on the rise, it is essential for online brands to use the latest technology available to secure their websites.  We are very pleased to welcome Virgin Holidays on board after Virgin Atlantic’s successful adoption of the glowing green bar last year.” said Paul Tourret, Managing Director, GlobalSign Inc, “With another Virgin company switching to GlobalSign’s EV SSL, the internationally recognized Virgin brand is demonstrating its dedication to ensuring its customers’ online security”.

For more information on EV SSL and to see a GlobalSign Extended SSL certificates in operation please visit www.globalsign.com/ssl/buy-ssl-certificates/extended-validation-ssl.

About EV SSL Certificates
GlobalSign is the preferred EV SSL supplier for some leading ecommerce web sites – including Virgin Holidays, Virgin Atlantic, BT Shop, Dabs.com, and GoCompare.com. The criteria for issuing EV Certificates (the EV Certificate Guidelines) are produced by the CA/Browser Forum, an organization whose members include leading Certification Authorities and browser vendors, as well as representatives from the legal and audit sectors.  GlobalSign and VeriSign are two such members.

About Virgin Holidays
Founded in 1985, Virgin Holidays is the UK’s leading worldwide holiday company, offering bespoke holiday experiences throughout the world, from Mumbai and Malaysia to Antigua and Alaska.  For further information visit www.virginholidays.co.uk

About GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL, including EV SSL Certificates, S/MIME and Code Signing Certificates for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely distributed GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft CA and enterprise CAs, eliminating the costs associated with using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF e-documents.  These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of customers to conduct secure online transactions and data transfer, distribute tamper-proof code, and bind identities to client certificates for email security and remote two factor authentication.  The company has a history of innovation within the online security market and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

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