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As a developer, you’re responsible for creating the best software possible. Of course, part of that responsibility extends to ensuring that what you create is trusted by clients — otherwise, what’s the point? This requires the use of code signing certificates. But if you want to achieve instant application reputation from Microsoft SmartScreen, the only way to do so is by using a Microsoft EV code signing certificate… well, really, any extended validation (EV) code signing certificate.
We hate to bust your bubble, but it’s important to point out that Microsoft SmartScreen doesn’t actually issue EV code signing certificates. Instead, this security filter instantly trusts EV code signing certificates that are issued by industry-trusted certificate authorities (CA) such as Comodo CA. However, we’ll still refer to them as Microsoft EV code signing certificates throughout this article since that’s what brought you to us in the first place.
Don’t be bummed. We have a solution that will help you accomplish your code signing goals — and we’ll get to that momentarily. In the meantime, let’s break down what an EV code signing certificate is and how it works, how it differs from other code signing certificates, and where you can get one.
There’s a lot to know about how EV code signing certificates work. Thankfully, we’ve already covered that in another section of our site, but we’ll just briefly cover it here as a refresher.
The CA Security Council states the purpose of code signing certificates rather well: “Code signing is the process of digitally signing executables and scripts to confirm the identity of the software publisher and guarantee that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed.” It does this by using a hashing algorithm to create a hash of code, which is then signed by a private key. Together, the original code and signed hash are bundled with the code signing certificate to create a handy software package that’s ready for immediate distribution.
Pretty nifty, huh? But there are a couple of important differences between standard and EV code signing certificates.
When comparing these two types of certificates, there are a few other important distinctions:
Not sure how to get a Microsoft EV code signing certificate? Look no further.
That’s it! It’s really that easy to get an EV code signing certificate for your organization.
Get instant trust from the Microsoft SmartScreen filter with a Comodo EV code signing certificate!