Individual Code Signing Certificates

Secure Your Software Distribution with Individual Code Signing Certificates

An Individual Code Signing Certificate is a digital signing certificate that allows individual software developer and programmer to sign their software, web applications, scripts, and other executable files (EXE, MSI, CAB, DLL, OCX) to ensure their authenticity and integrity. Individual Code Sign certificate is an essential for developers and programmers who distribute their software outside their organizations, as it guarantees that the software has not been tampered with during distribution.

An Individual Code Signing certificate provides an effective way to verify the identity of the software publisher, ensuring that users know who they are downloading from. Its compatibility with different devices, web applications, and operating systems is what makes it an essential digital signing tool for developers who distribute software and web applications across multiple platforms.

  • Standard Validation
  • 3072-bit/4096-bit RSA Key
  • Shows Publisher Information
$210.99/yr
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  • 3072-bit RSA Signing Key
  • 1 to 3 Days Issuance
  • Allowed for Individual Developer
$219.99/yr
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  • SHA-2 Encryption
  • Boost Software Integrity
  • Safe Digital Signature
$219.99/yr
  • Cloud HSM Storage
  • Two-factor Authentication
  • Sign Unlimited Code
$369.99/yr
  • Organization Validation
  • Cloud HSM Supports
  • Encrypted Digital Signature
$369.99/yr

Advantages of Individual Code Signing Certificates

Enhanced Security

Enhanced Security

Individual Code Signing Certificates provide an added layer of security to software applications by ensuring that the code has not been modified or tampered with during distribution.

Protection against Malware

Protection against Malware

These certificates help protect against malware and other malicious attacks by verifying the authenticity of the software and its publisher.

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Improved User Confidence

Individual Code Sign Certificates help build user trust and confidence by assuring them that the software they are downloading is safe, secure, and reliable.

Mitigation of Risks

Mitigation of Risks

These certificates mitigate risks associated with the distribution of software by ensuring that the software is authentic and has not been altered or tampered since it was developed and signed by digital signature.

CA B Forum Compliance

Compliance with Industry Standards

Many industries require that software applications be signed with an Individual Code Signing Certificate such as Microsoft software formats like EXE, MSI, CAB, DLL, OCX, Kernel Software, and Microsoft Silverlight applications to comply with industry standards and regulations.

Software Updates For Security

Facilitation of Software Updates

Individual Code Sign digital certificate make it easier for software developers to distribute software updates by ensuring that the updates are authentic and have not been altered or tampered with, helping to streamline the update process.

Individual Code Signing Certificates Price Comparison

Subscription Certera logo Comodo Code Signing Starts @ Buy Now Comodo Comodo EV Code Signing Starts @ Buy Now sectigo Sectigo Code Signing Starts @ Buy Now sectigo Sectigo EV Code Signing Starts @ Buy Now
Options for Multiple Years Max 3 years Max 3 years Max 3 years Max 3 years
Issuance Time 4-8 Business Days 4-8 Business Days 4-8 Business Days 4-8 Business Days
Encryption Strength SHA – 2, Up to 256-bits SHA – 2, Up to 256-bits SHA – 2, Up to 256-bits SHA – 2, Up to 256-bits
CSR/RSA Key Length 3072-bit or 4096-bit 3072-bit or 4096-bit 3072-bit or 4096-bit 3072-bit or 4096-bit
Device Ubiquity More than 99% More than 99% More than 99% More than 99%
Validation Type Standard Validation Extended Validation Standard Validation Extended Validation
Validation Methods Phone Call & Basic Business Validation Phone Call & Business Validation Phone Call & Basic Business Validation Phone Call & Business Validation
Instant Reputation w/ MS Smartscreen Filter No Yes No Yes
Delivery Modes USB token USB token USB token USB token
Time Stamp N/A N/A N/A N/A
Malware Scan N/A N/A N/A N/A
Free Vulnerability Check N/A N/A N/A N/A
Technical Support N/A N/A N/A N/A
Warranty N/A N/A N/A N/A
Refund Policy Within First 30 – Days Within First 30 – Days Within First 30 – Days Within First 30 – Days
Visible Trust Indicator Digital Signature Digital Signature with Company Name Digital Signature Digital Signature with Company Name
Java Signing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Microsoft Authenticode Signing N/A N/A N/A N/A
MS Office Document Signing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Windows Vista x64 kernel-mode signing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Adobe Air Signing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Microsoft Office VBA signing N/A N/A N/A N/A

Individual Code Signing Certificate Delivery Methods

Beginning June 1st, 2023, it is necessary to comply with the new guidelines established by the Certificate Authority/Browser Forum for the issuance of Code Signing Certificates. These guidelines require the use of secure hardware storage devices, such as Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), Hardware storage tokens, or Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), that meet the highest security standards like FIPS 140 Level 2, Common Criteria EAL 4+, or their equivalents, for generating, storing, and utilizing private keys.

To comply with the updated guidelines set by the Certificate Authority/Browser Forum, it is recommended to utilize USB Token for storing cryptographic keys. You can use our flexible and dependable solutions for secure key storage. These solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate into your existing workflows and offer peace of mind while maintaining efficiency.

Delivery Method 1: Get a USB Token Delivered to Your Door

We provide convenient shipping choices for both local and global locations, ensuring that the USB token reaches your doorstep with ease. Our pricing options are varied, allowing you to select the most suitable one based on your specific needs.

Token + US Delivery: For a cost-effective fee of $90.00, have the USB token securely shipped to any location within the United States.

Token + International Delivery: Developers located outside the United States can take advantage of international delivery for $130.00.

Token + Expedited US Delivery: If you require the USB token urgently within the United States, opt for expedited delivery at $140.00 to receive it promptly. Minimize potential delays and seamlessly integrate the USB token into your workflow.

Delivery Method 2: Utilize Your Own Hardware Security Module

If you already possess a certified Hardware Security Module (HSM) or USB token, leverage its capabilities for secure key storage. Ensure that your device meets the stringent security standards of at least FIPS 140-2 Level 2 or Common Criteria EAL 4+ to ensure optimal protection.

Delivery Method 3: Keep Your Private Key Safe in the Cloud

You can simplify your code signing processes using the cloud-based key storage solution without compromising security. Take advantage of the secure cloud environment equipped with Hardware Security Module (HSM) capabilities and centralize your private key storage, making it easily accessible for your distributed development teams.

Individual Code Signing Certificates Compatibility

  • MS Office MS Office 
  • MS Windows 7 & Above MS Windows 8 & Above
  • MS Office Macro Files & MS Office VBA MS Office Macro Files & MS Office VBA
  • Adobe Air Adobe Air Applications
  • Mozilla Object Files Mozilla Object Files
  • Java Applications & Apples Java Applications & Apples
  • MS Authenticode MS Authenticode & other file formats like .xap, .exe, .dll, .msi, .ocx, .xpi and .cab.
  • Apple OS X Signing Apple OS X Signing
  • Windows 8 kernel Mode Signing Windows 8 kernel Mode Signing

How Does Individual Code Signing Certificate Work?

An Individual Code Sign Certificate is used to sign software or code with a unique cryptographic digital signature. This signature serves as a digital fingerprint that can be used to verify the authenticity and integrity of the code.

When an individual applies for a code signing certificate, they must provide personal information, such as their name, email address, and physical address, as well as information about the code or software they will be signing. The Certificate Authority (CA) will then verify this information and issue the individual a digital code sign certificate.

When the signed code is distributed, the recipient's device will check the signature against the digital certificate that was used to sign the code. If the signature matches the certificate, the code is considered authentic and safe to run. If the signature does not match, the code may be flagged as potentially malicious and prevented from running.

FAQs

Individual Code Signing Certificate FAQs

What Are Individual Code Signing Certificates?

Individual Code Sign Certificates are digital certificates used to sign code or software with a cryptographic signature that verifies its authenticity and integrity.

How Do I Get Individual Code Signing Certificate?

To obtain the certificate for individual software developers, you must apply with a certificate authority, provide personal and software information, and complete a validation process.

Who Provides Individual Code Sign Certificates?

These certificates are provided by trusted and globally reputed certificate authorities (CAs), such as Comodo and Sectigo.

How Much Time It Takes for Individual Code Signing Certificate Issuance?

The time for certificate issuance varies by a certificate authority and can take a few days like 1 to 3 days for individual code sign cert.

How Much Does Individual Code Sign Cert Cost?

The cost of cheap code signing certificate depends on the certificate authority and the type of certificate, ranging from around $49.99 to several hundred dollars per year.

Does an Individual Code Signing Certificate Expire?

Yes, Individual Code Sign Certificates have expiration dates, typically one to three years after issuance, and must be renewed to continue using them to sign code.

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