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Freemake is trusted

July 3, 2010
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As free software developers, we understand that many users care a lot about their safety and often hesitate to install applications triggering the "Unknown Publisher" message or simply blocked by antiviruses or web browsers. To protect our users' safety, we have signed our freeware with Microsoft Authenticode technology.

Visit our Downloads page to obtain new versions of our flagship software: video converter http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/ and video downloader http://www.freemake.com/free_video_downloader/.

Let’s learn a little bit more about a digital signature.

What is a digital signature?

A digital signature is a special mathematical scheme that demonstrates the authenticity of digital documents, software and messages. Such signature guarantees that the message or the document was created by a known sender. In case of the software, the signature shows that it can be trusted and thus installed on your PC or laptop without any issues.

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Digital signatures can be used with any kind of message whether it’s encrypted or not. They are widely used for software distribution, financial transactions, customs and VAT declarations, state websites, e-commerce, and other situations where it is highly important to detect fraud.

What do you need for digital signing?

In most cases, there are three steps (algorithms) involved with the digital signature process. The 1st algorithm is called Key generation. Here you will get a personal (private) key together with a corresponding public one.

The 2nd algorithm is Signing. As it’s clear from its name, the algorithm signs a message or a document that you want to be signed upon receiving this message and a private key.

And finally, the 3d and the last algorithm is called Verification. It verifies the authenticity of the message or a document by comparing it with the signature and the public key.

Now when you know that Freemake software is signed with a digital signature, you can be sure that our products are safe and reliable, and haven’t been tampered with. All our programs are original and don't contain any adware, potentially unwanted software, spyware, malware or harmful code.

Although a digital signature guarantees that the utility is trustworthy, some antivirus software might continue to give warning alerts upon the installation process or while using particular tools. This type of behavior is called false positive. False positive detections are quite common in the AV software industry. They take place when a reliable tool is mistakenly flagged as potentially harmful. It may happen when the AV software on your PC has a very broad detection algorithm. Of course, most AV developers update their products with new algorithms on a regular basis, but it always takes some time. Besides that, you should take into consideration that small paid and free AV software companies might use a detection algorithm of the leading antivirus tools. So they are waiting for the updates of their “big brothers”.

To prevent AV detections, we recommend installing the software only from the official developers’ website. It will protect you from getting third-party apps, toolbars, and banners that some software archives add to their installers.