Before moving forward, let’s clear up a common source of confusion regarding electronic and digital signatures:
- A document signatory, such as a person signing an agreement, creates an electronic signature when they sign the document by clicking to sign, or drawing their signature and then clicking to sign.
- A digital signature is like a fingerprint that is unique to that document. Guardtime applies a digital signature when they seal a Scrive document to make it tamper-proof and forgery-proof. As with our own human fingerprints, it’s impossible for any other document to have that same digital signature.
What a digital signature is not:
- a method for encrypting documents: anyone can view your sealed document with a PDF viewer
- a method for securely archiving your documents: backup and storage is your responsibility
To learn more about the difference between these two terms, see our guide: Electronic vs. Digital signatures – Is there a difference?