Showing further efforts to make the end-user experience it offers through its Mac products as safe as possible, alongside the announcement of OS X Mountain Lion – (set to include a new security feature called “Gate Keeper” which will give users the option to choose whether or not to allow the installation of ‘non-signed’ apps) – Apple tonight announced the introduction of Developer ID, “a new way to help prevent users from installing malware on their Mac.”
The mailshot sent out to developers tonight, reads as follows:
The Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, but we also want to protect users when they download applications from other places. Developer ID is a new way to help prevent users from installing malware on their Mac. Along with Gatekeeper, a new feature in Mountain Lion, signing applications with your Developer ID certificate provides users with the confidence that your application is not known malware and has not been tampered with.
Developers are told that they too can get their applications ready for Gatekeeper today, simply by signing up for a Developer ID and using the automated certificate request tools in Xcode 4.3 or the Developer Certificate Utility.
Apple has also made a number of new resources available to developers regarding this announcement, including Getting Started with Developer ID, Code Signing Guide and Start Developing for OS X Mountain Lion.