Code Signing Certificates
Software developers digitally sign their software programs, apps, and drivers, with code signing certificates to prevent tampering or compromise of applications by unauthorized parties.
These digital certificates are especially useful in applications that are distributed through the Internet, where applications can pass through a number of suspicious parties or websites before it finally gets downloaded and installed.
Unsigned applications can easily be altered to include malware or viruses, and these untrusted applications will display warning messages resulting in lower installation yields. A code signing certificate issued from a trusted Certificate Authority such as SSL.com can prevent all of those problems.
Code signing certificates can be enrolled to SSL.com eSigner cloud code signing service which lets you conveniently add globally trusted digital signatures and timestamps to your software code from anywhere, with no need for USB tokens, HSMs, or other special hardware.
Why should you have your code signed?
Organization Validation (OV) Code Signing Certificate
The SSL.com OV Code Signing Certificate is suitable for organizations like software publishing companies who wish to sign their software applications with an organization’s validated identity. The OV code signing certificate works best for teams that sign with a shared organizational identity.
Personal Identity Code Signing Certificate
The Personal Identity or Individual Validation (IV) Code Signing Certificate applies digital signatures with a validated personal name instead of an organization, perfect for independent software developers and individual project contributors who wish to increase confidence and trust from their users.