What are the types of digital signatures?

September 27, 2021

Tags: Digital Signatures
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How many projects of your company have been delayed just to wait for a signature? There are probably many. It is completely normal that the execution of a project depends on the signature of those responsible, we agree, what we do not understand is how these delays still exist, with tools such as digital signature programs.


Well yes, there are digital signatures, online signatures, or whatever you want to call them and they can make your business management much more productive and efficient since it greatly facilitates the signing of documents. Do not be afraid of modernity, we invite you to analyze what this technology consists of.


Programs to make digital signatures ... how do they work?


One of the most frequent searches on the Internet is related to “How to create a digital signature?”, even more so after the pandemic, a season in which all companies digitized their processes and workflows. Adding a digital signature to a PDF has become a day-to-day necessity to speed up projects and processes dependent on third-party approval.


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Ok, a digital signature program, as the name implies, allows a person to sign a digital document, validating its authenticity and affirming that they agree with what is established there. Instead of signing a physical paper, you are doing it digitally through a platform that must guarantee the security and privacy of the data that is being handled in this process.


In the industry, there are different platforms and digital signature software, which offer numerous functionalities, security measures and authentication. When a person receives a request to sign a document, for example, they can access it with a password sent by the system itself. This high level of security that digital signature programs have makes this type of electronic signature completely legal and efficient.


Types of digital signatures


Remote digital signature


It is a signature that is done online, on a PDF or Word document, without the need to install any kind of program. It is a safe and agile mechanism, Validate ID explains: "To guarantee security, a double validation is always carried out via email and OTP (One Time Password) to the signer's smartphone with which they can ensure their identity," they emphasized. Any company can have confidence in this type of digital signature.


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How to digitally sign a PDF?


Remote digital signature software works like this: the company generates the document on this platform and sends it to the person who must sign. This person then receives the document via email for review. Before executing the signature, the program should have a verification process to confirm the identity of the person who will sign the document. After this authentication, the recipient of the document performs the signature, which can then be verified by the company that sent it.


Biometric signature


To create biometric digital signatures, the physical presence of the signer is required, since it consists of stamping the signature on a device such as a tablet. Instead of signing on paper, he signs on the screen, archiving the document digitally and being able to access a copy by email.


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Centralized signature


This type of signature is more focused on the internal use of a company. The software that offers this signature modality gathers all the documents of the departments of a company and shows each user the files that are pending to be signed.


"The centralized digital signature guarantees the safe custody of the cryptographic keys in the HSM servers and, if required by the signer, qualified signatures can be generated through a qualified European trust service provider", Validate ID detailed about this type of firms. To access these documents, the user must have a special password, so the security of the platform is guaranteed.


As we have just seen, there are different types of digital signatures that you can implement in your company to streamline the workflow and optimize the management of procedures. At Rootstack, we handle more than 50 technologies that can help you in managing your documents, processes and signatures. Contact us!


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