Posted by Fadi Hania on 5th March 2011

10+ Code Signing Providers

10 Code Signing Providers

Developers and software providers are in need to provide fully trusted and more secure applications, which means less error messages and security warnings. They also need to protect their identity and give users the ability to verify the provider’s identity and software integrity. So to reach that, they always provide digitally signed executables and scripts to confirm the software author and guarantee that the code has not been altered since it was signed, this is done by use of a cryptographic hash. This process is called Code Signing.

For example, if you ran an unsigned J2ME application on a mobile device it will be considered as untrusted, and user will get security warnings when installing the application and each time application tries to access the contacts list, web, or any other sensitive resources. In this article I listed 10 Code Signing providers, they provide Code Signing services for applications based on Microsoft, Sun, Macromedia, or Apple Mac technologies, which will help developers and software providers to overcome untrusted application issues.

VeriSign

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Microsoft Office and VBA, Code Signing Portal for Microsoft Windows Mobile, Sun Java, Adobe Air, Macromedia Shockwave, Authentic Document IDs for BREW
Price: $499.0 / year (The price depends on the platform)

Thawte

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Microsoft Office and VBA, Sun Java, Adobe Air, Apple Mac
Price: $299.0 / year

GlobalSign

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Microsoft Office and VBA, Sun Java, Adobe Air, Apple Mac, Mozilla & Netscape Objects
Price (Organization): $229.0 / year
Price (Individuals): $99.0 / year

StartCom

Price: $49.9 / 2 years

Comodo

Price: $179.95 / year

Entrust

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Microsoft Office and VBA, Sun Java
Price: $269.0 / year

Code Project

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode
Price: $129.0 / year

GoDaddy

Price: $199.99 / year

Certs4Less

Certs4Less actually provides VeriSign and Thawte code signing certificates with a lower price.

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Microsoft Office and VBA, Sun Java, Adobe Air, Apple Mac
Price (VeriSign): $395.0 / year
Price (Thawte): $195.0 /year

SwissSign

Price: ≈$465 / year

Trustwave

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Authenticode, Adobe Air, Apple Mac
Price: $329.0 / year

The code signing providers have been listed in no specific order. Contact me if you feel that I missed something, or if you know other code signing providers that was not listed.
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