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Use HelloSign To Create a Digital Signature

The term Digital signature refers to a complex method for authenticating a document, to verify that it hasn’t been tampered with during transit between sender and signer. It is separate from the term ‘electronic signature’. HelloSign enables you to do both, at the same time.

Sign PDFs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other documents securely with digital signatures

HelloSign offers a simple, easy-to-use and free eSignature software that allows you to sign documents in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more with digital signatures embedded in them for security and protection.

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Examples of signed PDFs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, illustrating how a digital signature is embedded into them all.
Examples of signed PDFs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, illustrating how a digital signature is embedded into them all.
Examples of signed PDFs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, illustrating how a digital signature is embedded into them all.
Examples of signed PDFs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, illustrating how a digital signature is embedded into them all.
Sign PDFs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other documents securely with digital signatures

HelloSign offers a simple, easy-to-use and free eSignature software that allows you to sign documents in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more with digital signatures embedded in them for security and protection.

Examples of signed PDFs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, illustrating how a digital signature is embedded into them all.
Sign PDFs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other documents securely with digital signatures

HelloSign offers a simple, easy-to-use and free eSignature software that allows you to sign documents in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more with digital signatures embedded in them for security and protection.

Transparent Pricing

Essentials

Starting at
$15 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$25 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

Users
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The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
Buy 2 to 4 users, online
More than 4 users, contact us
Templates
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Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
5
15
Audit trail
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Essentials

Starting at
$20 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$30 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

Users
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The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
Buy 2 to users, online
More than 4 users, contact us
Templates
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Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
5
15
Audit trail
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Audit trails are associated with transactions to ensure actions are tracked and time-stamped.
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The benefits of using HelloSign for digital signature creation

Beyond making it fast and simple to sign a document, here are a few other added perks of using HelloSign to sign documents online:

Added security for your documents.

Added security for your documents. Features like digital signatures, time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and bank-level protection of sensitive information give you extra peace of mind.

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Graphics to illustrate time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and any other security features
Graphics to illustrate time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and any other security features
Graphics to illustrate time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and any other security features
Added security for your documents.

Added security for your documents. Features like digital signatures, time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and bank-level protection of sensitive information give you extra peace of mind.

Graphics to illustrate time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and any other security features
Added security for your documents.

Added security for your documents. Features like digital signatures, time-stamped audit trails, document pass codes and bank-level protection of sensitive information give you extra peace of mind.

Easy organization for your files

Copies of your signed documents automatically save to your HelloSign account, for easy document access. You can also save to one of the apps we integrate with, such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote or many more.

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Image to highlight apps that HelloSign integrates with such as Box and Evernote.
Image to highlight apps that HelloSign integrates with such as Box and Evernote.
Image to highlight apps that HelloSign integrates with such as Box and Evernote.
Easy organization for your files

Copies of your signed documents automatically save to your HelloSign account, for easy document access. You can also save to one of the apps we integrate with, such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote or many more.

Image to highlight apps that HelloSign integrates with such as Box and Evernote.
Easy organization for your files

Copies of your signed documents automatically save to your HelloSign account, for easy document access. You can also save to one of the apps we integrate with, such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote or many more.

Automated alerts and reminders

Did you forget to sign a document that's been sent to you? No worries! Automated reminder emails will give you the gentle nudge you need. You'll also receive email notifications when others view, open, or sign a document you've sent out for signature.

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Automated alerts and reminders

Did you forget to sign a document that's been sent to you? No worries! Automated reminder emails will give you the gentle nudge you need. You'll also receive email notifications when others view, open, or sign a document you've sent out for signature.

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Automated alerts and reminders

Did you forget to sign a document that's been sent to you? No worries! Automated reminder emails will give you the gentle nudge you need. You'll also receive email notifications when others view, open, or sign a document you've sent out for signature.

Transparent Pricing

Essentials

Starting at
$15 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$25 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

Users
Chevron up
The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
Buy 2 to 4 users, online
More than 4 users, contact us
Templates
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Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
5
15
Audit trail
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Audit trails are associated with transactions to ensure actions are tracked and time-stamped.
Checkmark icon
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Essentials

Starting at
$20 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$30 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

Users
Chevron up
The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
Buy 2 to users, online
More than 4 users, contact us
Templates
Chevron down
Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
5
15
Audit trail
Chevron down
Audit trails are associated with transactions to ensure actions are tracked and time-stamped.
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The power to do great things

A signature of your name is more powerful than you think. In a few clicks and swipes, you are well on your way to a business solution that digitally transforms your entire workflow. Only Dropbox Sign focuses on providing the easiest to use electronic signing solution that you can integrate with the business apps you already use.


Businesses spend around $350 billion each year on paperwork, with productivity losses of $19,000 per employee per year. Dropbox Sign’s signature maker software helps to lower these costs.

Out with the old, in with the new

Printing, signing and shipping documents is costing your company time, money and productivity. Our electronic signature system for Word is secure, efficient, loaded with useful features and gives you the ability to sign all of the document formats you use on a day to day basis.

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Frequently asked questions

How do you create a digital signature?
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A digital signature is created when HelloSign’s eSignature tool provides a one-way hash of the electronic data to be signed, a fixed-length string of letters and / or numbers generated by an algorithm. This encrypted hash is the digital signature.

What are the benefits of digital signatures?
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The main benefit of digital signatures is security. They ensure that a document cannot be altered without the recipient knowing about it, and that signatures are legitimate. The use of security features associated with HelloSign digital signatures such as PINs, passwords, asymmetric cryptography, audit trails and timestamps, ensures that documents sent and received for signature with HelloSign are as secure as can be.

What are digital signatures used for?
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Digital signatures are used primarily to streamline processes, speed up the document signing lifecycle and improve document integrity. Industries such as government, healthcare, financial services and cryptocurrency platforms all utilize digital signatures to enhance security of highly sensitive information.

‍What’s the difference between an electronic and digital signature?
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While most people use the terms interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. An electronic signature refers to a protected and legally binding online signature. A digital signature refers to a complicated method for authenticating a document.

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