You probably have noticed sites that have the VeriSign Logo on their sites and may have wondered what it was and what did it stand for. Again, like so many other times in the past, I accidentally came across in my facebook settings while editing my personal facebook settings. I noticed the option to add my facebook account to VeriSign PIP and decided to try it out. When I got to the VeriSign Personal Identity Protection Labs website I noticed the familiar logo, one seen on other websites many other times.
What is VeriSign? VeriSign is a technical way of installing a SSL Certificate on your website, allowing trust between you and the consumer when they visit your site. (For more information on SSL and TLS, visit Wikipedia.) Consumers and readers feel much more safe when they visit a website with the VeriSign Logo. VeriSign supports sites that use OpenID and as you know, Google Blogs are OpenID. If you are hosting a site on your own server, you can setup your own personal OpenID free of charge, just click here to set yours up, or if you are unsure you can visit the site to see if your website is OpenID supported. Once you are setup with an OpenID, you can than setup your free VeriSign PIP.
Now what is the difference between the VeriSign Trust Company, this costs money and the free one, well, the free one you have to setup everything on your own whereas the one that costs a fee, somebody does all the work for you, and you get the special logo on-top of it. Why do you need VeriSign? Well whenever somebody sees a VeriSign Logo on your site they feel more secure about visiting it. People who are not Internet savvy as we are are always leery about even visiting a Google blog. When they see the VeriSign Logo your visitor suddenly feels okay that the site is secure and can trust that it will not leave a trail of viruses on their PC.
Click here to visit the VeriSign trust site - this is needed if your site is not OpenID supported
Click here to visit the VeriSign personal identity portal - this is a free technical setup process for already openID supported sites.