What is a digital signature and how it works, is it secure?

8 June 2020

The digital era invites us more than ever to carry out all kinds of transactions on digital forms that require some sort of confirmation, including an electronic, digital, or digitized signature. However, not all types of signatures are routinely secure, here are some examples of that.


What is a digital signature and how it works?

During a digital inspection, the electronic signature, often required on a tablet screen, is represented by an “I accept” button to click on. This form of signature is safe provided you are able to properly identify the signatory who is linked to the form. A secure identification process should therefore be attached to the act, such as a personalized identification number or the use of a secure email address.During a mobile inspection - what is a digital signature - how it works - what is it worth

A digital signature on a tablet is the most reliable solution. It is managed by a third-party and specialized supplier. The signature of a document is therefore controlled in advance by a process of identification of the signatory and a secure, unique, and confidential encryption mechanism. This protects the information, the document, and the signature. We are seeing more and more of this technology used by real estate brokers or law firms.

If you want to know how making your inspections mobile works, let us know.

The scanned signature is nothing more or less than capturing an image of your handwritten signature on a tablet screen and too often, no valid identity check is carried out. This simple method remains the least safe. In addition, submitting an image of the signature puts the signature’s security at risk since it could be falsified, shared, or reused by others, without the signatory’s knowledge. A good degree of trust is therefore required towards the representative who requires your signature.

Field inspectors who want to start using mobile and digital inspections software also ask:

  • How do I create an electronic signature?
  • Where do I get an electronic signature?
  • How do I electronically sign a document in Word?
  • Can I type an electronic signature?

Let’s attempt to answer:

1.Sign your mark utilizing a finger, a digital pen, or a pointer.

2.In the event that you are using a Microsoft Surface tablet, iPad, or another touchscreen device during your inspections, simply utilize your finger to make a digital signature straightforwardly in your archived document.

3.Transfer or load a picture of the signature.

4.Your cursor can also be utilized to trace a digital signature.

5.Typing your name and last name with a keyboard is also a valid signature.

During a mobile inspection, done on the field, a signature on a digital form should always be accompanied by a valid process of checking the identity of the signatory. In addition, to tie up the official aspect of the signature deed, as soon as the form is signed, it must be secure, protected, accessible at all times, and be unalterable.

Whether to confirm an inspection work, an acknowledgment, or a form of approval, the signature is used in different instances and even if the act of signing a document remains a legal action, its validity may be challenged, depending on the case.

In general, when a digital form is submitted to sign it, we agree without hesitation, as do most paper documents. Even if the ultimate checks of the signatories’ own identity are not always carried out correctly, simply affixing an electronic, digital, or digitized signature can be similar to the same consequences as a handwritten signature on paper. However, it all depends on the effort devoted to respecting the act, in the sense of the professionalism of both the representative and the signatory and the ability to prove that the signature corresponds to the identity of the person designated as a signatory.

Why are Heavy Industries such as Mining so darn complex to run efficiently?

Let's create digitized signatures!

Let’s create digitized signatures!

It’s the sheer size of your operations, but the future of every country’s GDP and economical health depends on consistent 1% improvements.

Now if you have been reading this so far, and it all sounded like some high-tech jibber-jabber,  maybe you will enjoy this picture or “internet meme” which pretty much exemplifies metaphorically what we mean:

If you think that you need a CIO’s or CTO’s attention, we made sure that this image is quickly shareable over your social media. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes we step away from the b2b professionalism so that you don’t have to.

And if this doesn’t help, you can tell them about the online courses we offer to Canadian Mining and heavy industries which we are now opening up to everyone. This is the most assured way to become an expert at being a form builder, data collector, and digital-inspection creator.

How to create a digitized signature without using an insecure Microsoft word or adobe photoshop software?

A: Use a dedicated app that specializes in capturing this kind of secure information, and is able to store it in PDF format.


Example:This is how it works.

At nSpek, we partner with exemplary heavy industries to continue the improvement of our inspection software according to your specific department or norms needs. With over 25 years in the business of custom application development, you are in great company. We understand how important it is to abide by very specific and critical workflows and important data collection efforts that can make or break your future business intelligence projections.

This is why it is crucial for you to verify with your legal department about how secure or legal the procedures above are, as well as their real impact on all concerned parties like the customer, a partner, or an investor.

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