Internal Task Force to Focus on Further Utilization of Internet Postage Security Technology Helps Improve Mail Security

Internal Task Force to Focus on Further Utilization of Internet Postage Security

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – October 24, 2001 – (Nasdaq: STMP). announced today that it has appointed an internal task force to explore new applications that further harness and utilize the security inherent in its Internet Postage solution.

Traditional stamped mail offers limited security information.’s Internet Postage service, on the other hand, can provide extensive information regarding the sender’s identity, point of origination and the path taken through the mail system. intends to develop new features to further improve mail security for its customers.’s Internet Postage solution utilizes Information Based Indicia, or cryptographic two-dimensional barcodes, as a replacement for traditional postage. This “intelligent” postage, which can be printed using standard PC printers, contains important mail processing information that can provide valuable assistance to authorities investigating inappropriate postal activities.

“’s secure technology provides mail recipients greater peace of mind,” said CEO Ken McBride. “Each piece of mail sent using is unique and traceable by authorities to its sender, thus serving as a deterrent to those intent on using the postal system to do harm. Mail sent using the service is also associated with an individual credit card or checking account, which can further reduce the opportunity for abuse.”

A trusted, efficient, and secure mail system has always been a cornerstone of the American economy. Enhanced adoption of advanced technologies, such as’s Internet Postage service, can promote a higher level of security within the mail system. continues to work with postal authorities to encourage greater usage of Internet Postage.

“With a two-dimensional barcode on the envelope or package, recipients can feel more assured today that the mail is traceable and secure. For the sender, a more secure and professional looking mail piece will encourage the intended recipient to open the package or envelope,” said McBride.

About (Nasdaq: STMP) is the leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Its flagship product, Internet Postage√§, enables customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage via a computer and Internet connection. For more information contact Vice President of Business Development, James Bortnak, at email: [email protected], tel: (310) 581-7578, or on the web at

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