Digital Signatures and Encryption


The internet is home to many confidential documents, and there are no signs of this changing. Confidential information travels from device-to-device, and the recipients are expecting to receive accurate information. With this said, it is possible for you to receive a document that was digitally intercepted and altered. If this occurs, you could potentially be signing a document and agreeing to terms that do not reflect the real deal. Even though the client did not change the record, this circumstance may break the trust once established for the deal and talks can fall through. Fortunately, software for digital signage provides users with certificates that protect documents in multiple ways.

Certifying Signatures

Traditional signatures have been useful as a means of authentication for many years. Signatures can be changed, and it is sometimes difficult to determine if the desired party is the one who entered the agreement. Digital signatures help certify documents and ensure that the proper parties initiate a deal. With encryption technology, something referred to as a one-way hash generates once you sign a document. Once returned to the intended party, your signature’s contents can be analyzed to ensure all of the information reflects your consent.

Validation is possible with both public and private keys associated with these digital certificates. A server makes contact once digital signatures take place and generate these keys. A private key is encrypted and not responsible for decryption in the event of checking the validity of a signature. If you or the other party wishes to validate the signature, the public key enables this endeavor. This public key is also used to verify the contents of the signature as well as any other accompanying data.

Speeding Up Processes

Individual institutions such as colleges have a plethora of data which is exchanged rapidly throughout the school year. Students must sign documents about financial aid if they need more assistance for example. For children who are still not in college, parents are often required to sign permission slips for many reasons. Your child may have forgotten to give you the permission slip for a field trip, and they finally bring this to your attention when it is too late. Forward-thinking schools will soon begin providing parents with the option to sign these documents remotely and securely. Students who find themselves in a pinch may opt to forge signatures to join friends on field trips. With digital signatures, school faculties can ensure parents are the party who signed these documents.