A Code Signing Certificate allows IT developers to digitally sign their software before distribution over the Web. End users downloading your digitally signed 32-bit or 64-bit program can be confident that the code has actually come from you and has not been modified since it was signed.
Internet users increasingly need assurance that they can trust web sites and downloads. Code Signing Certificate allows developers to add a layer of assurance that tells users that their software can be trusted and does not come from a malicious hacker.
Code Signing essentially provides the same assurance as a shrink wrapped CD as the signed code includes the name of the publisher and assurance that the code hasn’t been tampered with since being published. Anyone downloading software off of the internet can make a decision whether or not to trust the software.
Code Signing Certificates use a unique cryptographic hash to bind the identity of the publisher to the software. Security warnings that appear with unsigned code are replaced with notifications containing the software publisher’s information, preventing users from abandoning the install and increasing download rates. Signing code adds an essential layer of trust to the installation process.