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Hi everyone,
 
I am looking for suggestions from anyone regarding how to acquire digital signature certificates. What is the most popular place to acquire them? Are there any that can be free or do you have to purchase them? I'm about to deploy my first Windows Forms project and I'm new to the digital signature arm of the deployment cycle.
 
Thanks everyone!
Posted 29-Oct-12 6:46am

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Please see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certificate_authority#Providers[^].
 
Please read the whole article to get more understanding of the technology, purpose and available options. As one option, consider making a self-signed certificate, which you can create, say, using OpenSSL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSSL[^],
http://www.openssl.org/[^]
for Windows: http://code.google.com/p/openssl-for-windows/[^].
 
If you consider self-signing, do it and try it first, especially see how it looks in the browser (I know that you are not providing a Web application, but how will you deliver it? I assume, through the Web, otherwise getting a certification would be not so important). Before making a solution, learn all pro and contra.
 
See also, to understand the technology and benefits:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_certificate[^],
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-key_cryptography[^],
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_strength[^],
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-way_function[^].
 
—SA
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joshrduncan2012 at 29-Oct-12 14:19pm
   
This will be delivered by hand via flash drive.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov at 29-Oct-12 14:32pm
   
OK, if it means that the person getting the product knows you, this person can use your self-signed certificate. If will ensure that the application was not hacked, modified or phished for malicious purpose. Anyway, read on the topic to understand how it really works.
If you finally see it makes sense, then please accept the answer formally (green button) -- thanks.
--SA

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