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Cheapest EV code signing certificate 2019

RourkeRourke Member Posts: 49

In my experience, there doesn't seem to be any sort of qualitative advantages and cost is the only factor in selecting a certificate source. I've used symantec, digicert, and globalsign in the past. Looking around I see digicert has doubled their price to $664 / year which is a little scary of a trend as we are at the whims of these people's prices. On the other hand Sectigo can be found for just $250 / year. Is Sectigo or any other alternative a good way to go?


  • Tim_RobertsTim_Roberts Member - All Emails Posts: 13,198

    The Sectigo web site says $290/year for a 3-year cert. I am also very curious to know if this works, and if there is a cross-cert for the older systems, assuming Microsoft backs off of their fascist policy to kill the cross-certificate authority.

    This whole thing pisses me off enormously, as I posted a couple of months ago. When the EV need became clear, I got one from Digicert for about that price. Two years later, the price had doubled, and two years later it has doubled again. All of that for a product that requires ZERO human intervention and has ZERO incremental cost to them. It is criminal. I did not renew mine, the first time in 15 years I've been without a certificate. Hopefully, I will retire before I need one.

    Tim Roberts, [email protected]
    Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

  • RourkeRourke Member Posts: 49

    I am reluctant to put in a direct link, but currently offers the Sectigo EV code signing certificate for $224/year.

  • Martin_DrábMartin_Dráb Member - All Emails Posts: 74

    For about five years now, I am using a code signing certificate from Certum. It is not an EV one since I do not have a company name yet (that should hopefully change in several weeks' time). Their certificates were reasonably cheap and their process identity verification was/is more friendly to Central Europe users than that of e.g. Symantec (at least for guys inexperienced in these matters as I had been).

    However, it seems they also made their EV certs a little bit more epxensive.

    Martin Dráb

  • Eric_WittmayerEric_Wittmayer Member Posts: 37

    @Rourke & @Tim_Roberts
    You should get a big discount in the price if you go through from this MSFT page.
    For instance, when I use the Digicert link from that page, an EV cert is only $104/year vs the $664 if you go from their main page.

    Hope this helps.

  • Peter_Viscarola_(OSR)Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Administrator Posts: 7,570

    Very good hint.

    Indeed Digicert and others have had “specials” before... but I always lose track of them, they expire, or they have a purpose that doesn’t quite fit.

    The direct link to use from the MSFT page Mr. Wittmauer points to is this:

    Thanks, Mr. Wittmayer!


    Peter Viscarola

  • Tim_RobertsTim_Roberts Member - All Emails Posts: 13,198

    But, as far as I can tell, there's no way to use that link if you already have a Digicert account. The link then goes straight to their "dashboard", where the price remains at the totally outrageous $664/year. I suppose I could just create another account.

    Tim Roberts, [email protected]
    Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

  • Eric_WittmayerEric_Wittmayer Member Posts: 37

    Hi @Tim_Roberts ,
    We didn't have create a completely new account, I didn't do the purchase myself but I believe once you have the discounted one in your cart you can login to your current account? We just couldn't "renew", which for the savings wasn't an issue.

    Thanks @Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) I've had consitent luck in getting a discount by using the links in the Microsoft instructions for signing driver submissions, whatever they happened to be at the time.

  • RourkeRourke Member Posts: 49

    The discount page is now gone. The link now goes to a page asking $699 USD/year for an EV cert.

  • Tim_RobertsTim_Roberts Member - All Emails Posts: 13,198

    Just last week, I took ownership of a 2 year EV cert from GlobalSign for $720. It's still a lot of money, but it's one hell of a lot cheaper than DigiCert. They have permanently lost a customer, and I'm telling everyone I know. I'm still pissed off about this. Given the incremental cost to them of a renewal, what Digicert is doing is nothing more than larceny.

    Tim Roberts, [email protected]
    Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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