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 CSR Generation
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After purchasing, the next step in the code signing certificate process is to generate your order and submit a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). A CSR is simply encoded text that is created on your computer and contains information about the certificate requester. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to generate a CSR on the most common programs.

 Downloading/Exporting
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At some point, during the lifespan of your Code Signing Certificate, it may be necessary for you to export it from your computer. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to export your Code Signing Certificate from the most common web browsers.

 Reissuing
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What you need to know about reissuing a Code Signing Certificate.

 Renewing
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Code Signing Certificates have a shelf life of 1-3 years, which means they’ll need to be renewed if you want to keep the code you write protected following their expiration. The below article contains instructions on how to renew a Code Signing Certificate.

 Signing Code
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Once your Code Signing Certificate is validated and installed, you can begin using it to sign code. Below are instructions on signing code using three different signing tools:

 Time Stamping
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Time stamping is an important part of the Code Signing process. Understand why you should be doing it and how it works by reading the following help article(s).

 Validation
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After generation, the next step in the Code Signing process is to complete the stringent validation process set forth by the issuing Certificate Authority (CA). Each certificate type has a different set of requirements that you or your business has to complete. The below articles contain step-by-step instructions on how to complete the validation process.

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