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FAQ Question

What are the differences between a TrustID Personal, Business, and SSL digital certificates?

FAQ Answer

TrustID Personal Certificate:
Authenticates you in personal online transactions, access to specific restricted Web sites, and allows you to send and receive, sign and encrypt email communications, using this digital certificate.

The Personal Software option is stored on your PC browser for use on a single computer.

The Personal Hardware option labeled Medium Assurance Unaffiliated Hardware is stored on a USB token or smart card, can be used from multiple computers and is AATL Enabled: create digital signatures that are 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.

 
TrustID Business Certificate:
These are digital certificates for employees of companies that will authenticate the individual as an employee of that company.  When applying for this type of certificate, each certificate is only for one individual, not an entire company.

The Business Representative Software option is stored on your PC browser for use on a single computer.

The Business Representative Hardware option is stored on a USB token or smart card, can be used from multiple computers and is AATL Enabled: create digital signatures that are 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.


TrustID Secure Email Certificate:
Authenticates that the email address in the certificate is owned and/or controlled by you; no personal or business identity is verified. Once approved, the certificate allows you to sign and encrypt email communications.

The Secure Email Software option is stored on your PC browser for use on a single computer; whereas the Secure Email Hardware option is stored on a USB token or smart card and can be used from multiple computers.


TrustID Server Certificate:
Authenticates a Web site or a network server using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols.

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