The Windows application Code Signing Certificate will soon have to be renewed, but what cheapsslsecurity is asking for is quite tedious and/or expensive. And it’s especially annoying to have to do it every year when renewing. I need to either do it as a company and put personal details on public records (including personal phone number and address), or I can do it as a person, but then I need to get documents certified by a notary, which is going to be expensive and tedious.
So I’m wondering if it’s necessary at all to renew this certificate? Normally if an application is new and has never been downloaded, Microsoft is going to display a scary warning. However, I’ve heard that if the app has been downloaded many times, it won’t do so, even without a certificate. However I’m not completely sure about this.
So I’m wondering if someone here knows something about signing certificates? Is it worth renewing it or can I let it expire and try to create releases with no certificate? I guess the risk is to end up with an app that shows a scary warning every time it’s updated (casual users might then decide to stop using it). Any ideas?