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Mo-Ranch Conferences: About Digital Signatures

What is a digital signature?
When enterprises distribute documents electronically, it is often important that recipients can verify:
  • That the content has not been altered (integrity)
  • That the document is coming from the actual person who sent it (authenticity)
  • That an individual who has signed the document cannot deny the signature (non-repudiation)
Digital signatures address these security requirements by providing greater assurances of document integrity, authenticity, and non-repudiation.
Follow the directions below to create a new digital ID and sign the form:
Select Signature field
Select A New Digital ID I Want To Create Now, and click Next.
Specify where to store the digital ID, and click Next.
New PKCS#12 Digital ID File
Stores the digital ID information in a file, which has a .pfx extension in Windows and .p12 in Mac OS. The files can be used interchangeably between operating systems. If you move a file from one operating system to another, Acrobat still recognizes it.
Windows Certificate Store (Windows only)
Stores the digital ID to a common location from where other Windows applications can also retrieve it.
Type a name, e-mail address, and other personal information for your digital ID. When you certify or sign a document, the name appears in the Signatures panel and in the Signature field.
(Optional) To use Unicode values for extended characters, select Enable Unicode Support, and then specify Unicode values in the appropriate boxes.
Choose an option from the Key Algorithm menu. The 2048-bit RSA option offers more security than 1024-bit RSA, but 1024-bit RSA is more universally compatible.
From the Use Digital ID For menu, choose whether you want to use the digital ID for signatures, data encryption, or both.
Type a password for the digital ID file. For each keystroke, the password strength meter evaluates your password and indicates the password strength using color patterns.
Reconfirm your password, and click Finish.
You can export and send your certificate file to contacts who can use it to validate your signature.
Important: Make a backup copy of your digital ID file. If your digital ID file is lost or corrupted, or if you forget your password, you cannot use that profile to add signatures.
Enter you password, and click Sign
You will be prompted to save the .pdf to complete the signature process.

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