If you have a new program that needs to be code signed before it can be released, you may not want to go through the time and expense of applying for your own certificate. After all, it can be time-consuming and costly. Particularly if it is not done correctly.
These reasons are why so many companies nowadays use an online code signing service. These services make it so much easier and more convenient to get your program digitally signed, and the cost is affordable as well.
What is online code signing? — An online service can code sign your executable or driver for you. The only thing you have to do is to upload your program to the service via its website, pay the small fee for the code signing to be carried out and then download the program. The whole process takes under five minutes.
When your program has been downloaded, it will also have been signed with a code signing certificate, meaning it has now been validated.
With many benefits to using an online code signing service, here are just a few you may want to consider.
The cost — Using an online code signing service is affordable. In most cases, the cost is $30 or less per program. This makes it something any company can afford. Especially if you are only going to need code signing services a few times a month.
The convenience — If you wanted to provide your own code signing, you would need to have your own certificate. As these usually need a large number of requirements to be met in order to receive one, it is far more convenient just to use an easily accessible online service.
The time factor — If you use an online code signing service, you can usually get your program code signed and validated in order five minutes.
You just need to upload your program to the service, pay the small fee and then wait a couple of minutes for the code signing to be completed. Your program can then be downloaded with the validation it now has included in it.