We’ve previously described how signatures are divided into three categories:
Electronic signatures cover many things: They are signatures supported by electronic media that may include name entries (online forms), email signatures or headers, click-through agreements, combinations of a username and PIN or a username and password, scanned images of handwritten signatures and even audio recordings. It is therefore necessary to differentiate between electronic signatures and digital signatures. (You can read all about digital signatures by following this link.) A digital signature is a type of electronic signature in which the link between the signatory and the signed information has been reinforced through cryptography, thus making it more reliable. To measure the robustness of an electronic signature, the same six attributes are analyzed as for handwritten signatures: permanence, link, stability, identification, non-repudiation and intention. These elements are defined in the article on signatures. Before going any further, here is a list of definitions to help you learn and understand our concepts:
Despite the fact that non-official documents have lower reliability stakes and that an electronic signature is a quick and valid method, an electronic signature is insufficient for official documents in electronic format. For official documents, digital signatures are optimal. We explore this possibility in our next topic. Want to know more? Refer to our article on documents (relating to official documents) and our article on digital signatures.