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Scary Download Message

Postby Programmer » Sat 29 Jul, 2017 9:21 am

If you click on any of the download links on the downloads page at the moment you will see a scary looking message similar to this (depending on what browser you have):

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This is because I have stopped digitally signing the files as of 28 July 2017 when my last certificate expired until further notice. The reason is it has become a lot more expensive to renew. The expensive part is not the code signing certificate itself but the identity verification process. There used to be a company that offered a postal verification service and it was relatively inexpensive, but they have now gone and the remaining companies all require in person identity verification. If I lived in the USA this would not be a problem because it would be enough to get a certificate from any attorney or public accountant. But the companies that issue these certificates only recognize a couple of notaries for this purpose in Spain. The nearest one to me is in Madrid which means I would have to take a day off work to do this. Even after getting the certificate I would then have to pay an approved translator to get it translated into English before they would look at it. So adding together the cost of transport, the notary fees, the translation fees and the opportunity cost of a day's lost work it is getting a bit prohibitive. If it were a one off all-time expense I would think about it but this is a process which you have to repeat periodically to keep the certificate valid.

I am trying to look for a way round this issue but in the meantime please be assured that the program and all the rest of the downloads are exactly the same as they were before I stopped signing them. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience!

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