ValueWeb Selects Equifax To Secure Electronic Commerce And Data Transfers

October 10, 2000

ATLANTA, GA -- (INTERNET WIRE) -- 10/10/2000 -- Equifax Secure, a unit of Equifax Inc., today announced that ValueWeb(TM), a subsidiary of e.spire Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPI), has selected its eBusinessID(TM) Web server certificates to enable secure e-commerce transactions and sensitive data exchanges. Now hosting more than 70,000 Web sites for customers in more than 136 countries, ValueWeb is one of the largest Web hosting companies in the world. With the addition of eBusinessID, ValueWeb can now offer its customers a complete and secure package for online transactions.

"We are very pleased to add eBusinessID to the turnkey e-commerce solutions we offer our customers," said Tomas V. Mikaelsson, president and chief operating officer of ValueWeb. "Equifax Secure is a leading provider of digital certificates, and eBusinessID will allow us to add even greater value to our powerful and secure e-commerce applications."

eBusinessID Web server certificates provide online consumers with the confidence to send credit card account numbers and other personal information to an enterprise Web server over an open network like the Internet. Branded with the “Secure Site” seal, Equifax eBusinessID will confirm to visitors that they have reached the intended Web site while encrypting and protecting exchanged data from interception or tampering.

“As the most cost-effective solution to secure electronic commerce, eBusinessID allows ValueWeb to maintain its position as a value leader in Web hosting solutions,” said Neal Creighton, vice president of digital certificate services for Equifax Secure. “With the enhanced security of eBusinessID, ValueWeb customers can pursue e-commerce opportunities with confidence while giving their consumers an advanced feature that will help make their customers’ Web sites even more secure.”

Using SSL v.3.0 encryption technology and delivered with an industry leading guarantee of performance, eBusiness ID can be obtained through www.equifaxsecure.com/ebusinessid.

About ValueWeb

ValueWeb offers a comprehensive line of shared, dedicated and co-location Web hosting solutions. Featuring a state-of-the-art facility and network infrastructure, e-commerce and Web design applications, ValueWeb provides businesses turnkey resources for enhancing their Web sites' effectiveness in the marketplace. Now hosting more than 70,000 Web sites for customers in more than 136 countries, ValueWeb has become one of the largest Web hosting companies in the world.

ValueWeb is a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, IBM Premier Business Partner, Network Solutions Alliance Partner, Hewlett Packard Premier Partner, Intel iASP Alliance Member and Cobalt True Blue Sapphire Partner.

More information about ValueWeb hosting services, including interactive demonstrations of network architecture, is available on the ValueWeb Web site, www.valueweb.com.

About e.spire Communications, Inc.

e.spire Communications, Inc. is a leading integrated communications provider, offering traditional local and long distance, dedicated Internet access and advanced data solutions, such as ATM and frame relay. e.spire also provides dial-up Internet through its wholly owned Internet service provider (ISP), CyberGate, Inc., and Web hosting services through its subsidiary, ValueWeb. In addition, ACSI Network Technologies, Inc., another e.spire subsidiary, provides third parties, including other communications concerns, municipalities and corporations, with turnkey fiber-optic design, construction and project management expertise. More information about e.spire is available on e.spire’s Web site, www.espire.net.

About Equifax

Equifax Secure, the e-commerce division of Equifax Inc, provides security, privacy and transaction management solutions that protect consumers and enterprises from the risk of identity theft and fraudulent transactions. Equifax Secure authenticates online consumer identity, secures business applications and manages digital certificates and directories for highly secure, private e-commerce over the Internet and other networks.

Equifax (www.equifax.com), a worldwide leader in enabling and securing global commerce, brings buyers and sellers together through its information management, transaction processing, direct marketing, and customer relationship management businesses. Atlanta-based Equifax (NYSE: EFX) serves the financial services, retail, credit card, telecommunications/utilities, transportation, information technology and healthcare industries and government. Equifax adds knowledge, expertise, convenience and security to provide value-added solutions and processes for its customers wherever they do business, including the Internet and other networks. Equifax employs about 15,000 associates in 16 countries with sales in almost 50 and has $1.9 billion in revenue.





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