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A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) Certificate authenticates your identity electronically. DSC also provides you with a high level of security for your online transactions by ensuring absolute privacy of the information exchanged using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). You can use certificates to sign / encrypt information such that only the intended recipient can read it. You can digitally sign information to assure the recipient that it has not been changed in transit, and also verify your identity as the sender of the message.
3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED DSC:
1.Protecting the signature at the point of signing
The use of Digital Signature for documents has become widely applicable for various Government agencies and organizations. The digital signature provides a protected and secure method to sign any documents that can be transferred or saved online for digital reference.
A digital signature is an encrypted file that travels with the electronic document that needs to be signed and returns with it after the transaction has been completed. The file contains and captures metadata about where the electronic document traveled, which accounts opened it, the IP address of the devices that signed it, the precise timing of the interaction, and other key information. All of this data protects the validity of the signature.
With a pen and ink signature, you have handwriting identification as a base identification point. You can also have all parties signing a common document present to view the procedure. For especially important documents, you can bring in a notary and collect identification for all parties involved. These features protect a physical signature. Similarly, a digital signature that captures the device that an electronic document is signed on, records the user credentials of the person signing the form and captures the pathway that the data traveled between destinations provides multiple tiers of signature verification, protecting the signing process entirely.
An electronic record needs to be stored for a significant amount of time, with the duration varying based on specific industry laws. It is often key to be able to verify that the signature has not been changed over time. A digital signature that is attached to the electronic signature features underlying technology that will show whether the form has been tampered with. Any data that is on a network or the Internet, whether personal and business, is susceptible to being stolen, corrupted, compromised, or lost. It is important to do everything that you can to protect your data and privacy, especially when you are dealing with sensitive and financial information.
It may seem obvious that you should keep your passwords safe, but you may be tempted, for the sake of easy access, to store your passwords where they can be easily obtained. Writing passwords on a sticky note stuck to your monitor is like leaving your keys in your ignition. You should also never store your passwords on or near your mobile devices.
It’s also a good idea to choose password that are difficult to guess. According to research done by prompt.com about 35% of users have passwords that are weak and about 65% of the rest can be cracked. Try using a phrase such as a line from your favorite song or a famous saying that you can remember easily instead of choosing a single word. Then use the first letter of each word in the phrase combined with some numbers and a special symbol. This will create a very strong and safe password.
Encryption scrambles the data in your files and emails so that they cannot be read by anyone that you don’t want to access them. In the past, encryption was something that the more “techie-types” were able to do. Today, however,encryption program make it possible for almost anyone to take advantage of.The most basic method of attack on encryption today is brute force, or trying random keys until the right one is found. Of course, the length of the key determines the possible number of keys and affects the plausibility of this type of attack. It is important to keep in mind that encryption strength is directly proportional to key size, but as the key size increases so do the number of resources required to perform the computation.
Backing up your data simply means making a duplicate copy of it, usually on a different device like a different hard drive, tape drive, or to a cloud based service. Backups are important to have in case your original data gets lost, damaged, or corrupted. You can easily retrieve and restore your data from the backup copy. Storing your backup in a different location from the original also ensures that whatever damaged your original data won’t also damage your backup.cloud based storage is becoming more and more popular as a great, cost-effective way to protect your data, as it is inexpensive and easy to access.
3. Protecting the signature at the point of mobile devices
Smartphones and tablets are becoming pervasive technological tools, and as far as convenience is concerned, they are perfect for e-signing. However, they do not feature the security and data protection features needed to provide the same level of user authenticity as traditional PCs. A digital signature works around this problem by collecting critical metadata in a customizable format. If you need a digital signature to gather more user authentication data to verify a person using a smartphone, it can be configured to perform that task. The result is an operational climate in which you can safely have users sign electronic forms on a mobile device without creating any risk.
The ever-growing number of applications and uses for mobile devices has long been a hot topic. Using mobiles to electronically sign transactions and documents is one such use case, and many organisations have been looking for mobile e-signature solutions, which could hold legal ground in court.
Thanks to eIDAS, the EU regulation enforcing the standards that enable central signing solutions to deliver qualified electronic signatures (QES), it is now possible to eliminate the traditional problems with mobile signing
Several mobile e-signature solutions have been developed over the past 10 years as smart phones have become mainstream, and they present a great opportunity to add security and convenience to transactional processes such as mobile payments, document processing, etc. When processing a transaction or document, e-signature technologies should ensure the following:
Non-repudiation – A legal concept by which the signer later cannot deny their signature/authorisation of the transaction
eIDAS has opened the door for the use of mobile technologies, so long as the platform can provide verification of the integrity of the signature. But eIDAS requires all e-signature platforms – including those on mobile devices – to be compliant with eIDAS regulations. Without central signing technology, this translates into the need for mobile device platforms to provide support for advanced signatures, and security controls such as advanced cryptography and innovative PKI solutions.
Traditional PKI has left security gaps in mobile applications but central signing eliminates the risks of using mobile devices for digital signatures and finally enables users to securely access their online services, using strong authentication techniques.
Utilising central signing solutions, such as Cryptomathic Signer, ensures that the user has sole-control of their signing key – a particularly important qualification for QES. Central signing ensures authentication, data-integrity and non-repudiation of a transaction – regardless of which device the user has, thus making it a secure and legally-binding transaction.
By combining strong authentication with PKI, mobile devices have become a much safer platform with the ability to support e-signatures without ever storing private keys on the device