Code Signing

Code Signing, through the use of digital signatures, enables software developers to include information about themselves and their code with their software. Your end users who download digitally signed 32-bit or 64-bit Portable Executable (.exe, .ocx, .dll or other) or .cab files can be confident that code really comes from you and has not been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed.

Why do I need Code Signing Certificates?

  • So your end users can confirm that your software really comes from the publisher who signed it
  • So your end users can verify that your software has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed
  • To build trust in your name and make it more difficult for others to falsify your products

Why Use a Code Signing Certificate?

A customer buying software in a store can easily see and verify the source of the software. Yet downloading it over the internet sometimes means that the customer may have no idea what exactly they are downloading.

Publishers who distribute code or content over the internet, risk their product being modified, impersonated or re-hosted by malicious third parties. With a Comodo Code Signing Certificate, developers can digitally sign their software before distribution over the internet assuring end-users that the software they are about to download is original and has not since been modified by a third party.

Code Signing Certificates mitigate error messages and security warnings upon download of the code, helping to ensure the authenticity of the code and verify that the code has not been tampered with since publication.

Who Should Use Code Signing Certificates

Active X controls, Java Applets and other software distributed through the Internet should all be signed with a Code Signing Certificate.

Coupled with Microsoft Authenticode Technology, Comodo Code Signing Certificates are a virtual shrinkwrap for your downloaded software products, providing vital information to customers at the time they are deciding to install your software.

Windows warning messages to users at the time of installation cautioning against the installation of unsigned software can destroy user confidence in a product right at the outset, and harm a software publisher's reputation.

Commercial software publishers, as well as any company or organization that publishes and distributes software over the Internet should sign all of their software with a Comodo Code Signing Certificate.