Digital signature standards (DSS): Types and definitions.

Learn about the standards that ensure the security of digital signatures and the different types of digital signatures supported by DSS.

What are Digital Signature Standards?

From entering into business contracts to buying a house, you can do a lot with your signature. Because it’s so powerful, it’s important to make sure your signature is as secure as possible.

Digital Signature Standards (DSS) are specific algorithms used by applications that require a digital signature. They’re a set of rules and parameters that allow tracking of the signature to verify the identity of the signer. For a digital signature to be authentic, it must adhere to all DSS regulations.

Three types of digital signature.

Although all electronic signatures must follow DSS rules, they’re not all created equal. There are three different types of digital signature you can use to sign documents:

The type of signature you choose will depend on what you want to sign. A simple “congratulations” card doesn’t need a ton of security, so it’s fine to use an SES. If you want to buy a house, however, it’s best to use a QES.

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