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Digital signatures replace wet ink signatures and can be used for contractual and operational purposes

Use digital signing to replace wet ink signatures and create non-repudiable, legally binding documents.  Digital signing allows organizations to streamline signing and approval processes, eliminate paper and establish an electronic audit trail.  This audit trail adds to the integrity of the digital signing process by providing documentary evidence of the sequence of signing activities that took place. Learn more about electronic versus digital signing.

When using standard email applications, like Microsoft® Outlook, you can also use digital signing to secure your email communications, protecting your privacy and confidentiality. Learn more about email security.

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) enacted June 30, 2000 is a U.S. federal law that facilitates the use of electronic records and electronic signatures in interstate and foreign commerce by insuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically.  Former President Bill Clinton used an IdenTrust digital certificate to approve the ESIGN ACT. Learn more about the ESIGN Act.

When signing Adobe® PDF documents and the certificate is installed on a hardware device, the digital signature is instantly trusted whenever the signed document is open in Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader software. IdenTrust commercial public trust root is in Adobe®'s Approved Trusted List AATL for these two digital certificates that can be used to sign unlimited number of PDF documents:

  • TrustID Business Representative Hardware (Business)
  • TrustID Medium Assurance Unaffiliated Hardware (Individual)

Use an IdenTrust certificate to securely transact business in a digital world

Overview of Digital Signing

Overview of Digital Signing

Gain an understanding of digital signing and non-repudiation

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Electronic Signing vs. Digital Signing

Electronic Signing vs. Digital Signing

Important distinctions between electronic and digital signatures

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Publicly Trusted Certificates

Publicly Trusted Certificates

Use publicly trusted certificates for digital signing

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Federal Bridge Certified Certificates

Federal Bridge Certified Certificates

Use government trusted certificates for digital signing

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Digital signing is simplified when using Adobe® PDF

Adobe

When using IdenTrust TrustID certificates with Adobe® products, digital signing is simple and convenient.  Adobe® .PDF documents include functionality that allows you to add one or more digital signatures to facilitate completely paperless processing. 

The Business Representative Hardware or the Medium Assurance Unaffiliated Hardware certificate options stored on a USB token or smart card are Adobe® AATL enabled, making the digital signature instantly trusted whenever the signed document is opened in Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® software, and can be used to sign unlimited number of PDF documents.  

Learn more about creating and signing a PDF document.

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