Difference between Electronic, Digital, and Biometric signatures

  • November 15, 2019
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Traditional signatures still exist in some businesses as people have still not been able to accept this change. The digital transformation started long back, but some are still struggling to bring in this change. One such example of digital transformation is the emergence of e-signatures. Earlier there were two ways to validate any documents, one the physical signatures, the second was the stamping or seals. With e-signatures already in use, you will soon see people bidding good-bye to the physical signatures and seals.

It is still surprising that despite the advancement in technology people are still stuck on the wet signatures. But there is a growth seen in the digital signatures globally, people have started adopting e-signatures as they benefit them more than the traditional signatures.

Different Types of Signatures

Over the years a plethora of e-signatures has been used and innovated. The different types and most used online signatures are electronic, digital and biometric signatures. E-signatures speed the documentation process and ensure to wrap the work fast.

Electronic Signatures

Electronic signatures are very simple, you can either draw them or select from an already saved signature in the system or you just place the image of your signature in that section. We all do online shopping, and when the order is delivered it requires us to sign on the device, as proof of receiving the order. Earlier we used to sign on the paper, acknowledging the same, but with e-signatures life gets a lot easier. Today, every industry is benefitting by using e-signatures.

Digital Signatures

Digital signatures are the most secure form of signatures. This signature guarantees security and legal validity.  It is based on a digital certificate that is issued by the certificate authorities. It is basically a mathematical scheme that verifies the authenticity of the online messages, documents or signatures. A legitimate digital signature, which is already verified, ensures the recipient and gives validation that it has come from the right source and no part of the message has been altered or tampered in the transit. It is highly secured and legally valid across most of the countries worldwide. As companies step away from paper documents with physical signatures or legitimate stamps, digital signatures are providing added assurance of the proof to the source, identity, and status of an online document and acknowledging notified agreement and authorization by the cosigner.

Biometric Signatures

Biometric signatures are not unknown, it’s just that they are more popularly used in offices for attendance and entry in the buildings. But now you can use biometric signatures to sign documents with fingertips, IRIS and Face. It ensures a high level of security and authenticity by capturing bio-metric that is user-specific and unique to each signer. No two people can have the same fingerprint, eye scan or face scan. Each has its own unique biometrics.

Why Cygnature Should Be Your First Choice?

Cygnature is a well-known and a profound name when it comes to e-signatures. With a variety of e-signatures, they make life easy for corporates and offices. Along with the electronic, digital and biometric signatures it also has one unique signature type that is LIVE Cygnature & National ID Signing

LIVE Cygnature

Signers can sign documents LIVE by watching the signers through a webcam, sharing the screen using the microphone to talk. This ensures that the assigned person is only signing the document. This signing feature is helpful when you need to get some confidential documents signed and ensure no tampering of any sort is done.

National ID Signing

This feature is available currently only in ID where the AADHAR e-sign is applicable. The signer must use the Aadhar card number which is issued by UIDAI to sign the document. This ensures that the respective person is signing the document.

Key Takeaways – Using Different E-signatures & Ensure High Security

 e-Signature is a step towards digital transformation and a high-security level for your documents. These different types of e-signatures have their own uniqueness and level of security. They not only help to speed the documentation process but also ensure full confidentiality. If you are looking for something similar and wish to take your documentation online, then you can get in touch with our team and understand how Cygnature can help you bring your documentation and signing online.

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