If you are a designer or a developer, you need to sign your code. It’s dangerous not to. With one of our code signing certificates, you can sign and protect your code – and stop malware or viruses being inserted – and send it to your clients, with the guarantee they feel sure enough to open it.
What a code signing certificate can do for you:
- Digitally sign your content.
- Banish security warnings and ‘Unknown publisher’ pop-ups when your code gets to your clients – giving them the confidence they need to open it.
- Authentify and verify the source of your program - and inspire trust in it.
- Guarantee that your program or code has not been modified since it you signed it (malware or viruses inserted, for instance).
- Protect your customers with verifiable content integrity.
Why unsigned code is dangerous
With unsigned code, end users are advised not to open it – and that’s dangerous for your business. They’ll see error messages or security warnings like the ‘Unknown publisher’ pop-up. They then need to decide whether to take the risk and open it.
Unsigned code can also be modified after publication and without your permission. Malware or viruses can be added. And that spells danger for your code, your clients and your reputation.
With code signing certificates you can sign an unlimited number of components for the lifetime of the certificate. These are different according to the type of code you want to sign:
A Microsoft Authenticode certificate enables you to digitally sign 32-bit and 64-bit user-mode and Windows ActiveX controls. The file types that are supported are .exe, .dll, .cab, .ocx et .xpi. Provider for Microsoft Windows® Logo programs.
A Sun Java certificate enables you to digitally sign applications for Sun Java and object files for Mozilla and Netscape. The file type that is supported is .jar. The signature will automatically be recognised by Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
Microsoft Office and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
A Microsoft Office and VBA certificate is for VBA developers who are willing to digitally sign Microsoft VBA objects and macros for Microsoft Office and other third party applications that may use VBA.
An Adobe AIR certificate enables you to digitally sign your Adobe AIR creations. The file types that are supported are .air or .airi. This signature is compulsory if you want to open an Adobe AIR application.
Apple Mac OS
An Apple Mac OS certificate enables you to digitally sign tools, applications, scripts and other codes for Mac OS from Apple. This certificate is only available from Thawte for Apple Mac OS 9 and Apple Mac OS X.
Around the world, eight code signing certificates out of 10 are issued by Symantec. A code signing certificate from Symantec can enhance your reputation – just from being associated with the Symantec brand. Symantec code signing certificates are available for Microsoft Authenticode, Sun Java, Microsoft Office and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or Adobe AIR.
From only $349
Thousands of businesses across the globe choose Thawte to secure their data. We recommend Thawte code signing for a national distribution of your code (and Symantec for global distribution). Available for Microsoft Authenticode, Sun Java, Microsoft Office and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Adobe AIR or Apple Mac OS.
From only $182
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