Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Digital IDs: Have You Heard of Them? [Part 1 of a 4 Part Series]

Long gone was the time when people primarily use a pen and paper to write their documents. Almost everyone now use Microsoft Office and Outlook to manage, view, and alter documents and emails. While this may be convenient, it also leaves some users the dilemma of determining the authenticity and integrity of the document or email they receive daily. And as more and more people and organizations go paper-less, the harder it gets for people to validate the identity of the person behind a document or an email.

A digital signature is what’s needed to verify the sender’s identity and keep the content intact. Signatures like this use a technology called cryptography to ensure the authenticity of the identity of the sender of the message or the signer of the document, and possibly to ensure that the original content of the message is not tampered.

A key indication that the document is trusted and digitally signed by a user whose identity is already verified by the issuing certificate authority.

Another thing that’s good with digital signatures is that they could not be easily imitated by just any user and that they can be used with any message regardless if it is encrypted or not. Through Digital IDs, one can have a three-fold benefit of ensuring authenticity, keeping document integrity, and non-repudiation of content.

GlobalSign offers a range of Digital IDs for use across the suite of Microsoft® Office products including Microsoft® Word®, Microsoft® Excel®, Microsoft® PowerPoint® & Microsoft® Outlook®.

To learn more of GlobalSign’s Digital IDs, visit www.globalsign.com.sg or contact us at (+65) 3158 0349 to get a free quote.

Keywords: Digital Signature, Document Sign