Founded by Mark Shuttleworth in South Africa, Thawte was the first certificate authority to issue SSL certificates to public entities outside of the United States, quickly accounting for 40% of the global SSL market. In 2000, Thawte was acquired by Symantec and has become a key member of the Symantec family of trust brands. To date, Thawte has issued more than 945,000 SSL and code signing certificates since 1995, protecting identities and transactions in over 240 countries.
Our history gives us a uniquely international view of business - one that reflects a truly global perspective. This orientation drives us to provide our services at a standard we can proudly say is world class. We offer expert support by phone, chat, and email throughout the global workday. Our Thawte® Trusted Site Seal, available in 18 languages, helps users verify the identity of web sites in their own language. In 2004, Thawte became the first certificate authority to recognize and secure Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), enabling more people to navigate the web securely in their own language.
Thawte-branded certificates benefit from the strength and reliability of the Symantec authentication infrastructure. Because SSL is our core business, we constantly improve our products to deliver the tools and features our customers want and need. Continuous investment in research and development keeps our practice standard among the highest in the industry and helps us stay well ahead of evolving security risks. Our data centers and disaster recovery sites provide unsurpassed customer data protection.
As a leading global certificate authority, Thawte provides online security trusted by millions around the world. Expert support, robust authentication practices, and easy online management make Thawte the best value for SSL certificates and code signing certificates.