While SSL certificates are a popular commodity for online businesses who provide a service or product, code signing provides similar protection to software developers during code deployment. Code is ‘signed’ using a private and a public key to confirm that at no point during the build has there been any malicious activity. So, from the developer’s point of view, every time a change is made to the code, it’s signed off using the private key to ensure continued confidence in the security of the code.
Purchasing such certificates and public/private keys from reputable certificate authorities will guarantee the utmost confidence. It’s worth investing in a code signing certificate from a respected company so that the risk of compromise isn’t a cause for concern.