What is a Digital Signature
A digital signature is a form of electronic signature and is used for the same purposes. However, a digital signature is accompanied by public key infrastructure (PKI). This allows it to leverage cryptography to protect the document, as well as added steps to validate the identity of the signer.
What are the differences between these signatures?
Now that we have a better idea of what each of the signatures is, let’s dive into the key differences that there are between them.
Electronic signatures are a very quick and simple way to digitally sign an eForm, whereas digital signatures are a bit more complicated, as they require extra steps to validate the signer’s identity.
Electronic signatures can be used for most documents, however, digital signatures are recommended more for sensitive or legally binding documents.
When you sign an eForm with an electronic signature, they are not protected with cryptography. Digital signatures come with Public Key Infrastructure, to ensure they are encrypted, protected and tamper-proof.
Digital signatures are accompanied by a digital certificate that ties the signer’s identity to their signature. This usually includes additional steps such as password confirmation or receiving and entering an OTP when signing. Electronic signatures have no means of validating a person’s identity as the intended signer.
Digital signatures come with embedded time and date stamps, to ensure their longevity, whereas electronic signatures have no way of confirming when a document has been signed.