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Digital Signature determines the world of tomorrow

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Digital Signature determines the world of tomorrow

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It is well known that the bureaucracy all over the world, both in private offices and state departments, has always sought for efficient strategies to handle their documents both in paper and inside screens. This efficiency is a manner of the green environment motive but it's also about security: Who guarantees that one has really signed a certain paper? Usually, when one has to receive a bank cheque from someone else he might want to identify him first, for example – by checking his ID. When one member in The Board of Directors in a private company sends an E-mail to his colleague, how does the receiver guarantees it is really him? In this case, digital signature could not be more relevant than ever.

Private key/Public key identification infrastructure

Although Digital signature is not based on a single algorithm, the basics remain the same:

  • Public Key – The known key of the signature owner: It is exposed to the public.
  • Private Key – The secret key of the signature owner. Only he can use it.
  • Hashing – Although not always necessary, it creates an encrypted code of identification.

The basic algorithm works like this: The sender sends the E-mail message digitally signed with his private key and with the recipient's public key. The recipients, however, clarifies the message with the sender's public key, and then opens it with his own private key.

Another algorithm is based on hashing, and based on it, the sender can join a hashing code to the message, using the allowed hashing method (in Israel, the officials do not permit hashing less than the SHA2 method), and sign both the message and the hashing with his private key and the recipient's public key. The recipient, however, clarifies the message with the sender's public key, and then clarifies with his private key that the hashing code is the same as the origin – which was added by the sender.

Examples of common use in digital signature

  1. Home users – They want to clarify that bills like electricity and property aren't fishing messages.
  2. Cooperatives – private cooperatives use digital signature for secure customer relations.
  3. Customer Services – The service can be given to the customer without printing papers.
  4. Bureaucracy – Big bureaucratic offices such as regional planning units or ministries of interiors.

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How to Install ComSignTrust Desktop in 5 Simple Clicks

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Here is the first video tutorial on how to install ComSignTrust desktop software with 5 simple clicks.
ComSignTrust desktop is your personal digital signature solution for signing every file format that you want. With ComSignTrust desktop you can digitally sign PDF's, word, Excel, XML, Power point documents and much more with ease and a with a single click.
ComSignTrust desktop is your on premise digital signature solution for the office or for you home work station. ComSignTrust desktop installs on your personal computer and runs in the background. For every PDF file you want to sign you can easily sign with just right clicking with your mouse. You can sign digitally, securely and safely with  ComSignTrust desktop digital signature solution.

Here are just a few highlights of what you can accomplish signing with ComSignTrust desktop:

  1. Data workflow – Improve the efficiency of your workflow and process save time and money
  2. Manual tasks – Forget printing, signing, scanning and sending processes just click
  3. Multiple signatures – I'ts not just for you, you can multi sign on one document with ease
  4. Eliminates costs – Cut costs of document handling, storage and more
  5. Digital Time-Stamping – Reliable signatures with time stamping capabilities.
  6. More …

In our next tutorials you can learn exactly how to digitally sign a pdf document using ComSignTrust desktop.

Digital Signature on pdf option #1 – video | option #2 – video

Digital Signature Law – EU Laws Part-1

Looking for the digital signature law in your country? are you wondering what is the e-Signature law at other countries? here are a few of the the answers.

Here is a brief recap on the digital signature laws that are in place around the EU in different countries. This is the first part of a two part article regarding digital signature laws in the EU.

CountryLawe-Signature validity status categoryEuropean E-signature compliance
UK1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesElectronic Communications Act 20001Yes
France1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic Signatures“Loi portant adaptation du droit de la preuve aux technologies de l’information et relative à la signature electronique”, Law No. 2000-230 2Yes
Germany1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesFramework conditions for electronic signatures from 16th May, 2001 (SigG, BGBl I 2001, 876)First Act on the Amendment to the Signature Act from 4th January, 2005 (1. SigÄndG, BGBl I 2005, 2) Electronic Signature Ordinance from 16th November, 2001 (SigV, BGBl I 2001, 3074). 3Yes
Italy1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesDigital Administration Code of Italy CAD – Legislative Decree 7 March 2005 n. 82 3Yes
Norway1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesThe Electronic Signatures Act of 15 June 2001 3Yes
Sweden1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesAct on Qualified Electronic Signatures (Sw: Lag (2000:832) om kvalificerade elektroniska signaturer). The law applies to certificate providers established in Sweden and who issue qualified certificates to the public. URL: http://www.pts.se/dokument/getFile.asp?FileID=2089 (English).Government Ordinance on Qualified Electronic Signatures (Sw: Förordning (2000:833) om kvalificerade electroniska signaturer), in which the National Post and Telecom Agency is appointed supervisory authority.Government Ordinance on the financing of the National Post and Telecom’s operations (Sw: Förordning (1999:836) om finansiering av Post- och telestyrelsens verksamhet), in which the fees for Certificate Providers issuing qualified certificates are regulated.Post and Telecom Agency’s regulations on fees according to the Act on Qualified Electronic Signatures (Sw: Post- och telestyrelsens föreskrifter om avgifter enligt lagen (2000:832) om kvalificerade elektroniska signaturer; PTSFS 2002:1), which stipulates fees for certificate providers falling under the Act on Qualified Electronic Signatures. URL:http://www.pts.se/dokument/getFile.asp?FileID=2629 (Swedish). 3Yes
Denmark1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesDanish law for qualified electronic signaturesNEMID for Internet Banking 3Yes
Finland1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesFinnish Sale of Goods Act Act on Electronic Signatures (14/2003) 1Yes
Ireland 1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesElectronic Commerce Act 2000 1Yes
Spain1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesSpanish Law 59/2003 1Yes
Portugal1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesDecree-Law 234/2000 1Yes
Benelux(Holland- Belgium- Luxemburg) 1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesBelgium – Belgian Act of 9 July 2001 on electronic signatures and certification service providersHolland – Act on electronic signatures of 8 May 2003 2Yes
Hungary1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic SignaturesAct on Digital Signature 3Yes

The following laws cover most of the above countries as described in details in the table above:

  • US: The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (“E-Signature Act”) became effective in the US on October 1, 2000.
  • European Union: The 1999/93/EC Directive on Electronic Signatures was signed in December 1999 to establish a common framework for electronic signatures. Most of European countries rely on this act and their local laws are based on the EC directive.
  • UK: The UK has adopted and implemented certain provisions of the EU’s Electronic Commerce Directive in the Electronic Communications Act 2000, which makes e-signatures legally admissible in the UK.

Electronic signatures law status in leading countries worldwide:

Category 1: Countries where electronic signatures for business are deemed the same as a written signature under law
Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Category 2: Countries where electronic signatures for business are deemed enforceable, but not necessarily the same as a written signature
Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Romania, Russia, Taiwan

Category 3: Countries with an unclear status in practice

Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uruguay