Equifax Inc.'s digital authentication company, Equifax Secure Inc., has begun delivering digital certificates via the Internet for electronic businesses' Web servers.

Equifax Secure eBusiness IDs, as the certificates are called, confirm to a site's visitors that they have reached their intended destination. They also encrypt and protect exchanged data from interception or tampering using the SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, protocol.

The latest extension of Equifax's complexity-reducing strategy, eBusiness IDs are meant to be an "affordable, compatible, and reliable choice" for securing commerce servers, said Equifax Secure general manager Jeffrey Johnson.

Customers get a $300,000 warranty that Equifax Secure will follow the rigorous procedures in its public certificate practice statement. The credentials can be obtained from www.equifaxsecure. com/ebusinessid. A 12- month certificate costs $225, with a renewal rate of $199 upon expiration, and there are volume discounts.

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