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The Sectigo Code Signing certificate is the globally trusted digital security signing certificate that helps software developers remove "Unknown Publisher" warning messages and prove their authenticity to the software users. It's an essential digital security certificate that helps users know if they're downloading or installing genuine software or an application in its original form and hasn't been tampered with since its signing.
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Sectigo Code Signing certificate is an organization-validated digital signing certificate that helps protect your brand reputation while protecting users by notifying them if any alteration occurs in your signed software or applications.
It prevents your software from showing warning messages like "Unknown Publisher", which helps the user identify software from a trusted software development company. And the signer of the software has developed and taken care of all the necessary software security guidelines that are needed to keep the user system safe.
Code Signing Certificate Lets You Embed Digital Signature & Timestamp
Once you code-sign your software or application, your unique digital signature gets embedded into it. Similarly, the free timestamp feature allows you to timestamp your digital signature, which prevents creating issues even after the expiry of the code signing certificate.
Sectigo Code Signing Certificate Benefits
It's offered with a free timestamping feature that helps freeze your digital signature forever. It means your embedded digital signature will remain valid, and it'll be recognized by the browser and operating system even after your code signing certificate expires. Likewise, you'll be able to provide regular updates and patches to your software after renewing with another code signing certificate.
Sectigo Code Signing certificate is compatible with different types of platforms like MS Macros and VBA, MS Office, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Authenticode, and kernel-mode signing. Likewise, you can digitally code sign both 32-bits and 64-bits executable files, including .ocx, .exe, .dll, .cab, and kernel-mode software.
Software users can authenticate from whom the software is coming by verifying the embedded digital signature. Likewise, embedded signatures allow your software users to know about the signed software's author and give them information on how to contact you during a query or issue.
Boost in User Confidence
Once you code-sign your software, the digital signature is embedded in the software, which ensures users software they're about to download, or install is coming from a genuine software developer. Likewise, it hasn't been tampered with since its signing.
After the issuance, if it doesn't work according to your plan or you don't want to continue with the issued code signing certificate, you can cancel it. Likewise, if you cancel your issued digital signing certificate within 30 days of purchase, you'll get a 100% guaranteed refund.
Code signing certificate embedded a digital signature that offers the trust that helps you avoid the pesky warning message "Unknown Publisher" and helps you appear trustworthy, which helps boost user trust and confidence.
|Multiple Years Option|
|Issuance Time||1-3 Business Days||1-3 Business Days||1-3 Business Days|
|Encryption Strength||SHA–2 256-Bit Encryption||SHA–2 256-Bit Encryption||SHA–2 256-Bit Encryption|
|Device Ubiquity||More than 99%||More than 99%||More than 99%|
|Validation||Business Validation||Business Validation||Business Validation|
|Visible Trust Indicator||Digital Signature||Digital Signature||Publisher Name & Digital Signature|
|Microsoft Authenticode Signing|
|MS Office Document Signing|
|Kernel Mode Driver Signing|
|Adobe Air Signing|
|Microsoft Office VBA signing|
|Refund Policy||30 Days Refund||30 Days Refund||30 Days Refund|
Below are the platforms that are compatible with your Code signing certificate:
Microsoft Authenticode Signing
Microsoft Windows 7, 8 & 10
VBA Apps & MS office Macro files
Adobe Air applications
Java Applets & Java applications
Mozilla Object Files
Microsoft Silverlight Applications
What is FIPS 140-2 Level Hardware Token in Code Signing?
Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 level is the standard for the security of confidential data in networks operated by the federal government. It serves as the standard for analyzing the efficiency of cryptographic hardware.
Per CA/B forum regulation changes for Code Signing Certificate, customers should generate and store the private key on FIPS 140-2 (or higher level) compliance hardware tokens. You can obtain the FIPS 140 Level 2 token from Certificate Authority by paying additional charges, or you can use your own FIPS 140-2 compliance token to generate CSR and private key.
What Is a Hardware Security Module (HSM) in Code Signing?To store and utilize cryptographic keys securely, specialized computing devices called hardware security modules (HSMs) were developed.
Hardware Security Modules (usually referred to as HSM) are tamper-resistant, hardened hardware components that enhance encryption techniques by creating keys, encoding and decrypting data, as well as producing and validating digital signatures. Many FIPS 140-2 Levels of certification are available for certain hardware security modules. In several instances, hardware security modules are used to:
- Fulfilling and exceeding current and future regulatory requirements for cybersecurity
- Strengthen data privacy/security and trust levels.
- keep excellent standards of service and company flexibility.
Employing Hardware Security Module (HSM) is essential for organizations to protect the private keys needed for code signing securely. It provides secure storage and management of digital keys and sensitive data. HSMs use true random number generators to generate unique cryptography keys and securely store and manage their lifecycle, adhering to industry standards.
The Key Advantages of Hardware Security Module (HSM) in Code Signing Process
- Secure key management and advanced cryptographic techniques for protecting sensitive data and transactions.
- improved accessibility and dependability
- reliable and secure administrative controls for the access
- Elliptic curve cryptography support
- Flexibility and efficiency
Why is HSM (Hardware Security Module) required in Code Signing Security?
One advantage of implementing an HSM (Hardware Security Module) over an ordinary web server is that it offers quite greater privacy key storage. Organizations that build and run multiple applications on their web servers are vulnerable to being attacked by hackers. HSMs for code signing eliminate the risk of third-party attacks from using forged code signatures to hide infected code.
These devices are used by public certificate authorities and registration authorities to generate, store, and maintain their private keypairs. Moreover, organizations use and store HSMs using private PKIs to authenticate documents, code for software, and PKI certificates.
By adding a strong layer of protection by using an HSM to secure cryptographic keys, you can efficiently restrict attackers from detecting them. HSM-based code signing aims to provide a center of trust by handling and preserving cryptographic processes and keys in a certified and verified hardware environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How to use YubiKey for authentication?
YubiKey is a hardware authentication device that can be used for two-factor authentication. To use a YubiKey for authentication, you generally need to:
- Get a YubiKey: There are many different models, but the most common is the YubiKey NEO and YubiKey 5.
- Register the YubiKey with the service you want to use it for; this involves "enrolling" the YubiKey by inserting it into a USB port and following the enrollment process on the website.
- Configure two-factor authentication for your account, which usually involves entering a password and tapping or inserting the YubiKey when prompted.
- Use the YubiKey whenever you log in to that service. After entering your password, the service will prompt you to tap or insert the YubiKey to authenticate, which later generates a one-time code that verifies your identity.
What is a YubiKey code?
The "YubiKey code" refers to the one-time code that is generated when you tap or insert your YubiKey into a USB port.
When you enroll your YubiKey with a service, part of the enrollment process is "registering" that specific YubiKey with that service. This means the service stores some information that uniquely identifies your YubiKey.
Then, when you insert or tap your YubiKey during login, it generates a one-time code that consists of:
- A static identifier: This is a unique ID hardcoded into your specific YubiKey that identifies it.
- A dynamic value: This value changes with every tap or insert. It could be a timestamp, counter, or random number.
What is Token signing?
Token signing is a type of two-factor authentication where a unique token is generated for a user and then cryptographically signed with a private key. This signed token is sent to the user, who then presents it back to authenticate themselves. The token itself has no value without being signed, so when the user presents the signed token, the server can decrypt it with the corresponding public key to verify that it came from a valid token generated for that user, which securely authenticates the user without needing passwords.
Token signing is a technique used to securely authenticate users. It works by:
- Generating a unique token for a user
- Signing that token with a private key
- Sending the signed token to the user
- The user then sends the signed token back to authenticate themselves
What is FIPS 140-2 Level?
FIPS 140-2 Level is a security standard published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. Cryptographic modules include things like hardware security modules, smart cards, and software modules that perform cryptographic functions. FIPS 140-2 establishes four increasing, qualitative levels of security (Level 1 to Level 4) for cryptographic modules. The higher the level, the more stringent the security requirements.
Who Requires FIPS 140-2 Level Token?
As per the new CA/B forum regulations, the FIPS 140-2 or higher Token is mandatory for all OV Code Signing users for generating CSR and Private Key to validate their authorization. Software Developers, Government Agencies, Financial Organizations, Cloud Service Providers, and Healthcare Organizations, now require the FIPS 140-2 Tokens to sign their Software Code using the code signing certificates.
What is a Sectigo Code Signing Certificate?
It is an OV (Organization Validated) digital security signing certificate that software developers and publishers use to codesign and embed their digital signature over applications and software before publishing for users. It uses the cryptographic hashing function that allows developers to validate their software or application integrity and authenticity. Likewise, it assures software users that software hasn’t been tampered with since its signing.
Can I Get a Free Code Signing Certificate?
No, there's no free code signing certificate. And you'll require to purchase from a known certificate authority such as Sectigo.
Can I Use an SSL Certificate for Signing My Software or Applications?
You cannot use an SSL certificate to sign your software or applications. SSL certificate encrypts communication between server and browser. And code signing certificate is used for signing and embedding your digital signature on the software/applications.
How do I know if my code signing certificate is valid?
To know if your certificate is valid or not, you need to check the expiration period of the certificate. After that check the certificate chain of trust, if the chain is misplaced the certificate turns invalid.
Can I use a code signing certificate to sign codes for mobile platforms?
Yes, Sectigo Code Signing Certificate can be used to sign mobile app platforms like Android & iOS.
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