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Understanding the Basics of Electronic Signatures

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As our continued transition into the digital world continues one of the things that many overlook is the increasing use of electronic signature software.  Whether it’s a large corporation or a small business, some of the many advantages of using electronic signature systems include saving valuable processing time, increased security and auditing benefits, reduced signature errors, and more – all of which help companies save time and money.

First you should know that there is a difference between an electronic signature and a digital signature.  It’s common to think they are the same, but they are actually very different.  A digital signature is the basis of security when it comes to things like e-commerce and VPN networks, using public/private key cryptography.  An electronic signature is very similar to its paper relative as the signer is legally bound to the terms and/or conditions of a contract or agreement.  When signing a document electronically, you express your intent with the click of a button or another specific assigned action.  Given the security advantages with encryption, the electronic signature is a highly secure method to create a digital record of a signature that is more reliable than its paper counterpart.

Signing documents electronically is something you probably have done often, but didn’t think that much about.  Until I started looking more into this topic, I didn’t realize how often I actually used this method.  It might be contracts, tax forms, mortgage documents – the list seems to go on and on.  Thinking back on how often I did use this technology, I was also impressed with how easy it made a process that otherwise would have taken days or even weeks to accomplish.

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