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Code Signing Certificate FAQ

Frequently asked questions about code signing certificates

What are the requirements to obtain a code signing certificate?
Documentation Requirements   A code signing certificate is an identity certificate. Because of that there is a validation process through which you wi...
The truth about SHA1, SHA-256, dual-signing and Code Signing Certificates
The SHA256 transition that Microsoft announced a few years ago is upon us, which means all Windows software developers are being forced on board as of...
Are K Software Certificates SHA256?
YES! All of our certificates (web server and code signing) are SHA256. All certificates issued after September 2014 will be SHA256 certificates unle...
How can I get a SHA1 certificate for legacy signing?
  You need to have a valid, non-expired SHA256 certificate with us first, then just drop us an email and ask for the SHA1 certificate.
Can I sign driver files (*.sys) with these certificates?
** Windows 10 now requires an EV code signing certificate for kernel mode driver signing. You can buy an EV code signing certificate from us here : http...
What is a Code Signing Certificate?
Authenticode™ is a technology developed by Microsoft that, according to them :   While not guaranteeing bug-free code, Authenticode identifies the pub...
Who can get a Code Signing Certificate?
Anyone, really! However, keep in mind that code signing certificates can only be issued to "legal entities", like registered companies or direct...
How much does a Code Signing Certificate cost?
You can order a code signing certificate that remains valid from 1 to 4 years for OV, and 1 to 3 years for EV. Current pricing is always available at ht...
Is there a free trial for a Code Signing Certificate?
Unfortunately, no, by necessity there can't be a free trial because every order has to pass through validation where the identity of the publisher orde...
What is the order procedure for a Code Signing Certificate?
The order process consists of two steps, placing the order (filling out a short form at http://codesigning.ksoftware.net) and validating your identity with ...