A digital signature is an e-signature that is backed by a digital certificate. Digital signatures comply with regulations around the world and provide the highest level of identity assurance when dealing with digital documents..
Digital signatures backed by digital certificates issued by third-party providers help you comply with regulations around the world.
Your digital signature and the signed PDF electronic document are cryptographically bound and secured with a tamper-evident seal.
Unique to you.
Use your unique digital identity to easily validate your credentials and authorise your signature when you digitally sign.
Easy to validate.
Digital signature validation requires renewal -the signed document and digital signature are designed to be revalidated for at least 10 years.
Why are digital signatures secure?
A digital signature is a specific type of signature that is backed by a digital certificate, providing proof of your identity. Digital signatures are recognised as being a more secure type of e-signature because they’re cryptographically bound to the signed document and can be verified. When you use a digital certificate obtained from a trusted third party to e-sign, the resulting digital signature is virtually impossible to spoof. It also provides powerful evidence of signer identity, that the signed document was not altered and that the signatures are valid.
What is a digital identity?
Similar to a passport in electronic form, a digital identity (or digital ID) provides strong evidence that you are who you say you are when e-signing a document. Each digital ID is backed by a digital certificate issued by a trusted third party, such as a bank or government, after thoroughly verifying your identity. Using a digital ID to authenticate your identity and apply a digital signature during the document signing process provides a higher level of assurance that you agreed to the terms listed and have authorised your signature on a specific document.
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Compliant, legal e-signatures.
Whether you need a qualified electronic signature (QES) in the European Union, Switzerland or the United Kingdom or an e-KYC compliant signature in India, Acrobat Sign helps you to create enforceable e-signatures around the world.
Acrobat Sign is backed by a global network of local trust services and identity providers. You have the freedom to choose from hundreds of certificate authorities, time stamp providers and trust service providers (TSPs) available on the Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) You can also choose TSPs from the EU Trusted Lists (EUTLs) and local digital identity schemes to create legal, trusted e-signatures.
You can select the right type of e-signature for any use case and every signer — from simple e-signatures to e-signatures with strong identification, to highly secure and regulated digital signatures in the cloud. Based on open standards and backed by local, trusted identity verification, Acrobat Sign gives you maximum flexibility in a single global solution.
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Flexibility meets security with our cloud signatures — the first digital signature in the cloud that’s based on the Cloud Signature Consortium global open standard. Using a cloud signature, you can apply a highly secure digital signature backed by identification from a trusted third party, directly from your mobile phone.
Yes. An electronic signature is a broad term for any electronic process that indicates acceptance of an agreement or a record. A digital signature refers to a more secure electronic signature that is generated using a digital certificate and cryptographically bound to the document using public key infrastructure (PKI).
A cloud signature is a digital signature where the signer’s digital certificate is managed by a trust service provider (TSP) in the cloud. Cloud signatures rely on the global open standard created by the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC). Compared to a traditional digital signature applied using a physical smart card or USB token, a cloud signature makes it easy to apply trusted digital signatures directly from a mobile device or a Web browser. For more information, please see the digital identity solution providers page in the Adobe Trust Centre.
An electronic seal or e-seal is used by a legal entity such as a business or organisation to certify the origin, authenticity and integrity of documents. Electronic seals may provide strong legal evidence that the document has not been altered and originated from the entity identified by the digital sealing certificate.