15 September, 2015
Do you still have your very first email
address? From memory my first email
address came with dial up internet access from a service provider called
PowerUp. That company has long since
ceased operations. It is a fact of life
that companies come and go.
Nowhere is this more true than in the rapidly
changing landscape of information technology and the internet in
particular. If you’re old enough, you may remember chatting
with friends on ICQ and sending them a link to a great new website you found on
Alta Vista which they could browse in Netscape Navigator on their Gateway PC.
When you sign up for any online service,
understanding where you will be left if they aren’t around any more is important. One of the things I love about Secured Signing is that we give you
complete independence in e-Signing.
Every document you sign with Secured Signing
comes back to you with personal, standards based, PKI digital signatures. Everything you need to verify those
signatures next week, next year, next decade is contained within the
document. You don’t even need to be online to verify the
signatures. Just start up any PDF reader
that supports the digital signature standard and you can check the document has
not been tampered with and verify the identity of the signers.
Not all electronic signatures give you this
degree of independence. Some e-signature
services rely on keeping a copy of your document to be able to prove the
validity of the signature. They may also
use proprietary methods in their signatures that are supported only by their
software. Clearly this creates a high
degree of dependence on that company and their service to prove the reliability
of your signed documents. Having a copy
of your document retained permanently on a system you don’t control may also have implications in
terms of privacy legislation.
An independent e-signature service that uses
public standards means you can be confident in proving the integrity of your
signed electronic documents in the long term. It also means you aren’t
locked in to continuing to use a specific service.
Signing documents online is so much quicker and
easier and saves you time and money. Just make sure the service you choose offers you the independence you
Till next time