If you are an Apple Mac user, you would be pleased to know that Apple continues to lead the industry in providing the safest possible computing experience. With the latest OS X 10.9.5 update, Apple has begun to enforce the requirement that all apps be signed with the latest v2 Apple ID signature. In case you didn’t know this, Apple ID signatures are issued to authorized Apple developers that create Mac apps in compliance with Apple’s stringent software quality and security requirements.

To get on the Apple Developer program, software companies must undergo a thorough background check by Apple and be approved. A unique Apple ID is issued to each approved developer firm. This ID is used by Apple to create a digital security signature that the developer uses to sign each of its apps intended for Mac users. As a result, all approved Apple developers are known to Apple and all Mac apps they create identify themselves to the users upon installation.

The signature is checked by the key component of your Mac security system, known as Gatekeeper. Introduced in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Gatekeeper works to greatly reduce the risk of malicious software installation. The Apple ID signature is included in all software products from the authorized Apple developers. Your Mac issues a warning if the software you are trying to install is not properly signed.

Apple will continue to require Apple ID signatures on all software products intended for the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite release, which is expected later in November 2014.

All ValuAdder for Mac apps have already been signed with the Apple ID v2 signature, so you can rest assured that the apps will perform as expected both on the OS X 10.9.5 and 10.10 Yosemite.

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