Go Daddy to Issue SSL Certificates to Open Source Projects 'Free of Charge'

Feb 18, 2005, 00:00 ET from The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Go Daddy Group, Inc.,
 parent company of GoDaddy.com, the No. 1 registrar of domain names, announced
 today that it will issue its Turbo SSL Certificate to bona-fide open source
 software projects -- at no cost.  "Open source" software projects allow
 software developers free access to underlying software code, as well as the
 ability to read, redistribute, and modify the source code.
     Go Daddy has already issued its first free SSL Certificate to binarycloud,
 an open source project focused on application framework and development
 environments for creating large-scale PHP applications.  The Turbo SSL
 certificates which Go Daddy will issue to open source projects -- a $29.95
 value -- are issued within minutes, have 99% browser recognition, and provide
 128-bit Web server security -- the highest level of encryption available on
 the market today.  Learn more about Go Daddy's no-charge initiative for the
 open source community at https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/ssl/ssl_opensource.asp
     "Part of what binarycloud offers is highly secure authentication -- which
 means everything we do must be extremely secure -- especially code checkins,"
 said Alex Black, Project Leader for binarycloud.  "After researching
 Verisign's certificates, we decided that Go Daddy's SSL offering was superior
 -- well priced and simple to administer.  They kindly donated an
 enterprise-grade SSL certificate to the project and we've used it with no
 problems for a variety of services on binarycloud.com.  Thanks, Go Daddy!"
     "We are a big supporter of the open source community," added Bob Parsons,
 president and founder of The Go Daddy Group, Inc., recently named the fastest
 growing technology company (ranked # 8 overall) on the Inc. 500 List of
 America's Fastest Growing Private Companies.  "Go Daddy offers numerous open
 source software applications in conjunction with our hosting plans,
 specifically, blogging, image galleries, content management and more.  We will
 augment these offerings in the coming months."
     Go Daddy SSL certificates offer both businesses and individuals a higher
 level of security and privacy than typical Internet sites for online
 transactions where sensitive information is exchanged.  Go Daddy certificates
 have received the WebTrust Seal of Assurance (awarded by the American
 Institute of Certified Public Accounts (www.AICPA.org), and the Canadian
 Institute of Chartered Accountants (www.CICA.ca)), which guarantees that Go
 Daddy has met and exceeded standards in the areas of privacy, security,
 business practices/transaction integrity, availability, and confidentiality.
     About The Go Daddy Group, Inc.
     The Go Daddy Group, the industry leader in domain name registration,
 enables individuals and businesses to acquire, create, and safeguard their
 unique identities and brands on the Internet by offering a complete line of
 Web development tools, including hosting, email systems, SSL certificates and
 complementary products and services.  The Go Daddy Group companies include
 three ICANN-accredited domain name registrars: flagship registrar GoDaddy.com
 (www.GoDaddy.com); membership-based registrar Blue Razor Domains, Inc.,
 (www.bluerazor.com); and reseller registrar Wild West Domains, Inc.,
 (www.wildwestdomains.com).  The Go Daddy Group also offers private domain name
 registration services through Domains By Proxy, Inc., www.domainsbyproxy.com.
 The Go Daddy Group registers a new domain name every 7 seconds.
 Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click
 appropriate link.
 Bob Parsons
 Warren Adelman

SOURCE The Go Daddy Group, Inc.