Code Signing Certificates are a special type of certificate that can be used to protect your code, content, and other files when transmitted online. Naturally, consumers are cautious when it comes to downloading applications onto their computers, which is where the benefits of code signing certificates come handy. A trusted third-party Certification Authority (CA) will verify you as the author of the file and the certificate will automatically alert the user if any changes are made to the code. As such, you need not worry if your code has been altered without your knowledge.
Code signing certificates work by giving your content a unique digital fingerprint. When you request this encryption technology, the CA provides you with a private key to retain for your use and a public key to distribute to users. The keys confirm your signature, verify that nothing has been changed, and allow access to designated users.
Code signing certificates are widely used throughout the software industry by some of the largest software firms including Microsoft, Adobe and Apple. Code signing certificates can be used to sign almost any file format, including .exe, .ocx, .xpi, .msi, .dll, and .cab, among others. If you need to transmit code online and you want to be sure that no one makes any changes or exploits your source material, this is the tool for you. It gives you peace of mind that once your work is published online it isn’t being altered by shady individuals and gives consumers confidence that they can download your file and not worry about being inundated with malware and viruses.
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