GlobalSign Promotion enables Individual Developers to Secure Code & Applications

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GlobalSign’s publicly trusted Code Signing Certificates for non-incorporated Individuals are available for a limited time starting at only $99.

Unsigned Message vs. Trusted Signed Message

GlobalSign (http://www.globalsign.com), a specialist in issuing Code Signing Digital Certificates used to authenticate the publisher of software and produce tamper-evident virtual “shrink-wrapped” software, has today announced the launch of a limited time promotion offering Code Signing Certificates to Individual Developers for only $99 per certificate.

Code Signing Certificates for Individuals, enable individual developers not associated with an incorporated organization to protect their brand identity and reduce the amount of download abandonment that occurs due to un-trusted warning messages that result from unsigned or self-signed code. This allows non-incorporated software developer entities to digitally sign and distribute their code, making thousands of innovative and new applications available to a wider audience. With the $99 promotional pricing and dedicated service and support from GlobalSign, there’s no reason for developers of both free and paid applications to not take advantage of this promotion and use a Code Signing Certificate to protect their code.

Not only is GlobalSign one of the very few Certificate Authorities to offer Code Signing Certificates for Individuals, but a single GlobalSign certificate can be used to sign multiple types of code including Microsoft® Authenticode™, Adobe Air®, Java™, Microsoft® Office and Visual Basic®, Apple®, and Mozilla® and Netscape® Objects. When purchasing Code Signing Certificates from other providers, developers need to purchase separate certificates for each type of platform with some certificates costing as much as $499 each.

Some developer platforms like Adobe® Air® have taken a more active approach to making the Internet a trustworthy and secure channel for distributing software by requiring and/or promoting that developers sign code using either a digital certificate issued from a trusted Certificate Authority or a self signed certificate. In addition, more and more operating systems are recommending that code is digitally signed using a Code Signing Digital Certificate to provide the recipient assurances that the identity of the publisher who created the application has been verified by an independent and trusted source and that the code was not altered after it was signed. Operating systems will display popup windows with error messages cautioning end users not to download executables with unknown publishers. Worrying pop-up messages have significant negative business impact, slowing distribution as would-be installers are cautioned to pause or even abandon installation completely.

GlobalSign will be offering promotional pricing on their Code Signing Certificates to Individual Developers starting at only $99 (one year certificate) until the end of September 2010. Individual Developers can benefit from discounted pricing on 1-3 year validities. To find out more information about the promotion or Code Signing Certificates for Individuals, please visit http://www.globalsign.com/code-signing/code-signing-for-individual-developers.html

About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL, including EV SSL Certificates, S/MIME and Code Signing Certificates for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely distributed GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft CA and enterprise CAs, eliminating the costs associated with using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF e-documents. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of customers to conduct secure online transactions and data transfer, distribute tamper-proof code, and bind identities to client certificates for email security and remote two factor authentication. The company has a history of innovation within the online security market and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

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