Digital Certificate Footprint
In today’s digital market trust is imperative. The need to protect your identity from Identity theft and hackers is critical. With software vendors there’s no exception and in fact may be more important because a vendor’s software has the potential to infect millions of user PC’s.
Code Signing Certificates
Code signing certificates prove to the end-user that the software they are and installing belongs to who they think it belongs to and that it wasn't tampered with. It allows the software publisher to digitally sign their code to prove to end-users that it has not been modified by a third party. Unfortunately, even those honorable small business software developers are affected by common criminals. A small vendor may not have the funds for purchasing digital code signing certificates and not doing so, puts them in an environment that appears to be negative. You know, those big yellow warnings when you try to install something. These warnings give no assurance to the user that the software developer is in fact the publisher of the software downloaded.
Not all software developer who develop software and don’t purchase code signing certificates are bad. Sometimes it’s just easier and faster to just deliver the software without signing, although it may not be the smartest way of doing business in today’s cybercrime environment.