The main purpose of the digital certificate is to ensure that the application belongs to the entity to which the certificate was issued. The America Online digital certificate does not guarantee that a signed application is safe to run, but rather informs the user that the software was digitally signed by America Online and verified by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA).
American Online, commonly called AOL, is a global advertising-supported Web company, with display advertising network in the U.S., a substantial worldwide audience, and a suite of popular Web brands and products. The company’s strategy focuses on increasing the scale and sophistication of its advertising platform and growing the size and engagement of its global online audience through leading products and programming. AOL originally went public in 1992 and grew to become the largest Online access and portal company on the Web. AOL is best known for its online software suite, also called AOL, that allowed customers to access the world's largest walled garden online community and eventually reach out to the Internet as a whole. At its prime, AOL's membership was over 30 million members worldwide, most of whom accessed the AOL service through the AOL software suite. www.aol.com
About (from America Online at www.aol.com)
“AOL is a leading-edge web services company, including a network of premium and niche content sites, and an extensive offering of world-class tools and platforms. AOL's business spans the Internet with online and local content, innovative products and valuable services for consumers, publishers and advertisers. With one of the industry's largest advertising networks, AOL engages consumers with online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates a premium subscription-based access service in the United States.
As a global company, one of our focuses is to connect you with information and people across the world. With best-in-class products, like AIM, AOL Lifestream and AOL Mail, communicating and connecting with your friends and family has never been easier. Likewise, local platforms such as Patch allow you to connect with your community in unprecedented ways. Our extensive network of content sites cover a broad spectrum of topics and are brought to life by first-class writers, musicians, actors and editorial talent. No matter what you're interested in, there is bound to be something that will both surprise and delight you.”