Tool allows organizations and individuals to test the functionality of adding digital signatures to secure PDF documents

February 10, 2011

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Boston, MA – February 01 2011 – GlobalSign (, the global Digital Certificate security specialist, has today announced the availability of a free PDF Signing Tool which will allow digital certificate users to test the functionality of using digital signature technology to secure PDF documents. The tool was developed to provide organizations and individuals the ability to experience the benefits of adding digital signatures to PDF documents, with little to no upfront investment.

GlobalSign has seen an increasing number of organizations large and small alike, move from traditional paper based document workflows to more secure and cost efficient electronic ones. Utilizing digital signatures (a type of electronic signature that uses a digital certificate to bind the signature to a verifiable identity) within electronic workflows delivers commercial organizations, individuals, educational institutions, and governments the following benefits:

>> Increased security, demonstrating authenticity and integrity of documents

>> Easy, fast and streamlined processes

>> Reduced reliance on paper for a greener office environment

>> Compliance with regulatory guidelines including CFR 21 Part 11, Florida Digital Signature, and SOX

In addition, Federal Acts including Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), provide legal frameworks for electronic signatures providing organizations further incentives to replace traditional wet-ink signatures with electronic signatures.

"We are pleased to announce the availability of a free PDF Signing tool now accessible to the public to allow those wishing to explore digital signature technology in more detail to do so," said Lila Kee, Vice President of Product Marketing, GlobalSign. "GlobalSign's PDF Signing tool provides an easy method of demonstrating to users how adding digital signatures to electronic documents such as PDF files can contribute to safer electronic commerce."

GlobalSign's free PDF Signing Tool is a simple web-based wizard tool that simply requires the user to have an Internet Explorer browser, a digital certificate, and a PDF document. Anyone with a valid digital certificate can use the tool to easily apply digital signatures to PDF documents. Individuals or organizations who wish explore digital signature technology, but who do not currently own a digital certificate can download a free trial certificate from GlobalSign

The free PDF Signing Tool is now available at

About GMO GlobalSign Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

GMO Internet Group GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 9449). Please visit for further details.

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