Survey: Majority of Users Are Wary of Unsigned Software and Drivers
Consumer survey finds that a large majority of users avoid installing unsigned software
We recently contracted with Google Consumer Surveys to measure consumer perception of this warning message – the results show that users have a very negative view of unsigned software. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to overcome this warning message: sign your software using a trusted code signing certificate.
Google Surveys: What Users Think of Unsigned Software
Analysis: Majority of Publishers Aren’t Signing Their Software
Analysis: Most Trusted Code Signing Certificates
If you’re ready to sign your software or driver and you’re thinking of investing in a code signing certificate, below is the market share of trustworthy code signing certificate providers, showing the top providers you can choose from:
How Does Signing An Executable File Help?
- To get a certificate, an applicant goes through a rigorous vetting process to prove that they are a genuine company.
- A digitally signed driver boosts the end user’s confidence in the driver software. For example, the signature helps to verify that the driver is distributed by the vendor claiming to do so, and that an attacker has not altered it.
- Most importantly, signing your executables eliminates Microsoft security warning popups.