Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificates

Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificates

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What is EV Code Signing?

Code Signing is the process of using an X.509 certificate to digitally sign a piece of code, software, or other executable in a way that ensures that the product has not been tampered with or otherwise compromised. Extended Validation or EV refers to the high level of validation the certificate must go through, and represents the highest level of assurance to customers.

SSL.com Extended Validation Code Signing certificates offer the highest level of authentication and security available in signing code, resulting in more trust and higher download counts of your signed applications. Programs signed with an SSL.com EV Code Signing certificate immediately work with Edge and Windows® SmartScreen® reputation services. For device driver publishers, an EV Code Signing certificate is REQUIRED as a first step for Windows Kernel Mode Signing (see Windows Kernel Mode Signing Policy for more details). 

These digital certificates are especially useful in applications that are distributed through the Internet, where applications can pass through a number of suspicious parties or websites before it finally gets downloaded and installed. To prevent tampering or compromise of applications by unauthorized parties, software developers digitally sign their programs with code signing certificates.

Unsigned applications can easily be altered to include malware or viruses, and these untrusted applications will display warning messages resulting in lower installation yields. A code signing certificate issued from a trusted Certificate Authority such as SSL.com can prevent all of those problems.

EV code signing certificates may be shipped or installed on YubiKey FIPS USB tokens, and may also be enrolled in eSigner,  SSL.com’s cloud-based code and document signing platform that supports multiple users and team members.

Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing Certificate

SSL.com EV Code Signing certificates provide the highest level of security and are the best choice for software development and publishing companies who require the highest level of trust in signed software. The EV code signing certificate signs with an organizational identity and works best for teams.

Sole Proprietor EV Code Signing Certificate

SSL.com Sole proprietor EV Code Signing certificates uses a registered sole proprietor entity to apply a personalized digital signature. This validation option enables individual contributors who have a registered sole proprietor entity to include their name in the digital signature.

EV Code Signing Certificates combine all the benefits of OV Code Signing Certificates, including these additional features:


Highest organizational authentication assurance

Signature and time stamping does not expire once certificate expires

Immediate Extended Validation reputation with Microsoft SmartScreen®

Company name, address and organization type displayed in the certificate

Certificate stored on FIPS hardware token prevents key duplication

2-factor authentication through hardware token and PIN combination

Required for Windows 10 kernel-mode and user-mode drivers

Required for Windows Hardware Development Center Dashboard Portal access

Strongest industry encryption with SHA-256 keys


Build Reputation and Increase User Confidence

SSL.com’s partnership with Microsoft helps you establish reputation in Windows and Edge

Unlimited code signings with EV Code Signing Certificate

Preloaded with multiple keys for renewals or rekeys

Includes client software to manage 1 or more etokens

World Class Customer Support that you can depend on from SSL.com

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