Protection with Extended Validation Code Signing
One out of every 14 programs downloaded today is later confirmed as malware. That actually represents a decline from years past: the overall number of new unique malware attacks grew by 2 to 6 percent between 2010 and 2011, compared to 20 percent in the previous year.
One of the best ways to reassure users is by signing code using a digital signature accessed via a private key issued by a respected certificate authority. In this way, developers can show that the application comes from a trusted source with an established reputation built on thousands of safe downloads.
Signed code has indeed proven very effective, but it is not invulnerable. Due to lax key security, along with vetting processes that range from stringent to nonexistent, malware has found ways to infiltrate even applications with signed code.
As you’ll read in this technical paper, Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificates go a long way toward halting that infiltration by requiring a rigorous vetting process to verify the reputation of certificate holders and helping ensure that private key security cannot be compromised.
This white paper provides key background on the latest malware threats, explains why EV Code Signing Certificates represent the next step in advanced application security, and concludes with proof of these certificates’ effectiveness. Keep your code and your reputation safe. Read it today!
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