Founded 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 VeriSign (today Symantec) and has become a key member of the VeriSign family of trust brands. Thawte has issued more than 945,000 SSL and code signing certificates since 1995, protecting identities and transactions in over 240 countries.
Thawte's history gives a uniquely international view of business - one that reflects a truly global perspective. 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.