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Code-signing certificate from

Friday, July 27th, 2007

One of the larger questions facing the software industry is this: How can users trust code that is published on the Internet? Packaged software uses branding and trusted sales outlets to assure users of its integrity, but these are not available when code is transmitted on the Internet. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the code hasn’t been altered while being downloaded.

Therefore the idea of using certificates came up. Certificates provide a way to put a digital signature to software and in this way secure software from being altered and also ensuring it came from the original publisher.

Most certificates cost a lot of money, but offers free code-signing certificates to non-commercial projects such as open source software. They also offer a free time-stamping service.

Also, read the msdn article on code-signing.