• P. Seely

Are Electronic Signatures Safe?


The answer to the question is simple: Yes. With many layers of security and authentication, e-signatures are much safer than wet signatures. An electronic record serves as an audit trail and court-admissible proof of the transaction while a tamper-evident seal guarantees the signature hasn’t been altered since the signing date.


How electronic signatures work

The exact signing process varies depending on the e-signature provider that you use, but the underlying workflows of more robust solutions are similar.

Sending:

  • Upload the document you need signed, such as a Word document or a PDF file

  • Tag the sections that require initials, signatures, phone numbers, etc.

  • Select the methods of signer authentication you want to use

  • Send the file via the service to your designated recipient’s email

Signing:

  • Receive an email notification to review and sign a document

  • Verify your identity before signing (if the sender selects that option)

  • Read the disclosure documents and agree to use the electronic process

  • Review the document and complete any necessary fields, including attaching any required documents

  • Adopt the signature style you want to use (the first time you use a service)

  • Sign the document

Once all recipients have signed a document, they’re notified, and the document is stored electronically where it can be viewed and downloaded. All of this is done safely due to the built-in security features and the processes that e-signature providers follow. Read More.


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