During normal internet communication the document recipient has no guarantee that the document really comes from that sender and that along the way it has not been altered by anyone. To solve this problem, electronic signature technology was developed. Although electronic signature is not a new technology, its implementation has not yet been widespread. Complexity and cost of available existing software solutions that enable electronic signing is the possible cause of this condition. TrustPort eSign Pro comes as a product, which is ideal for typical users who require reliable, convenient, and an economical solution.
This new solution has not been developed out of nowhere. "This new product is built on proven technology that we have been developing for many years", said Petr Vank, head of development department at TrustPort. "It gives users a number of functions, which are available literally after a few mouse clicks. Signing or encrypting an electronic document can be done by anyone, regardless of the user experience." The documents can be processed individually or collectively simply by highlighting them in the operating system and choosing the corresponding command from the contextual menu.
Quick and simple operation with documents is enabled by the signing and encryption wizard. This useful tool allows users to choose which particular operation they wish to do with the selected files. On offer are signing of documents, encryption of documents, time stamping of documents, and simultaneous signing and encryption. In the case of a received document, it takes care of its decryption and signature verification. Among other interesting options there is also the possibility multiple document signing by several users, or the creation of a signature separate from the document.
"Our new solution is suitable for communication with government authorities, for business correspondence, and even for private communication," states Marcela Parolkov (photo), head of sales department at TrustPort. "It guarantees the authenticity of the documents sent in terms of their authorship, and ensures their confidentiality from unwanted readers. Generally speaking, it enables secure communications in a risky environment, which the internet undoubtedly is. Therefore we believe that it will find many satisfied customers."
Electronic signing is subject to owning a digital certificate. Here it depends on the specific customer needs which certificate to choose. For example, for communication with government authorities, one needs to choose a certificate issued by a state recognized certification authority. In contrast, for internal communication, a certificate issued by a company certification authority is sufficient. TrustPort eSign Pro generates a request for a user certificate, which then just needs to be sent to the selected certificate authority. After the issuance and acceptation of the certificate, it can be imported into a protected storage of TrustPort eSign Pro, which excludes the possibility of its theft and misuse.
Unique capabilities of TrustPort eSign are signing, encryption and time stamping of PDF documents, without the need to use expensive original software for editing of PDF. In addition, the recipient of the PDF document, signed and encrypted in this way, does not need any other software for its decryption and signature verification, other than the widespread free application available for reading PDF documents.