What is a Digital Signature?

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It’s possible that you’ve heard the terms digital signature and electronic signature. 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 complex method for authenticating a document. In simple terms, a digital signature is a way to verify that a document hasn’t been tampered with during transit between sender and signer.

For the most part, when searching for how to create a digital signature, people are in actual fact looking at how to create an 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 digitally sign documents in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more with digital signatures embedded in them for security and protection.

Happy users of HelloSign’s electronic signatures include the BBB, Samsung, and Twitter. All are reaping the benefits of having their digital signatures online in one simple to use tool.

The benefits of using the HelloSign digital signature maker


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


  • 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.
  • 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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Digital Signature FAQs


What is a digital signature?


A digital signature is a set of encryption protections used to determine the authenticity of a document or software. In simpler terms, a digital signature is a complex way to verify that a document hasn’t been tampered with during transit between the sender and signer. Digital signatures can be used to identify and verify individual signers and ensure the security and integrity of the data in question.

What’s the difference between an electronic and digital signature?


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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Seamless integrations & functionality

Our user-friendly design makes it simple for anyone to start using HelloSign. It integrates with all your favorite applications – like Box and Evernote – making it easy to sign documents electronically, in whatever application you're using. Here are just some of the many benefits that come along with using HelloSign to sign documents online:
Faster document turnaround time
You can send a document to an office half-way round the world and have it signed and returned in just a few minutes.
Better team communication
Status notifications make it easy for you to keep track of who's signed a document at any given time and also alerts you to who still needs to sign.
Easy signing on the go
HelloSign for mobile makes it simple to sign documents when you're away from the office or on the go.
Bolstered document security
Enable time-stamped audit trails, passcode permissions, and more.
Automated file storage
Never worry about tracking down a signed copy of a document ever again. A copy is automatically stored in your HelloSign account.
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How to make a PDF signable

When you sign up for a free trial you’ll immediately be able to move documents from one party to another for electronic PDF signatures, in seconds. Finalize agreements, obtain approvals and complete applications with a matter of clicks. You can even begin the process of onboarding new hires, without spending anything. The first three documents of each month are free and you’ll get unlimited documents when you sign up for any Essentials plan or above.
1. Create a free HelloSign account
2. Upload your PDF
3. Format the PDF with a signature field
4. Insert your eSignature
5. Send and store the document
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How to make a PDF signable

When you sign up for a free trial you’ll immediately be able to move documents from one party to another for electronic PDF signatures, in seconds. Finalize agreements, obtain approvals and complete applications with a matter of clicks. You can even begin the process of onboarding new hires, without spending anything. The first three documents of each month are free and you’ll get unlimited documents when you sign up for any Essentials plan or above.
1. Create a free HelloSign account
2. Upload your PDF
3. Format the PDF with a signature field
4. Insert your eSignature
5. Send and store the document
Sign up for a free trial
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