What is biometric authentication and how is it combined with Signaturit’s advanced electronic signature solution?

Posted by media on January 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The use of biometric authentication systems is starting to grow at a high speed. According to a study by Juniper Research, more than 600 million mobile devices will have this type of authentication system by the year 2021– which means multiplying the number of smartphones with biometric technology by 3 in 5 years.  

In this post, we want to explain what exactly biometrics is, what it’s for, how we apply biometric technology in our advanced electronic signature solution, and how the biometric data we collect during any signature process serves to complement and reinforce the electronic evidences that unequivocally prove the signer's identity.   

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Topics: Electronic Signature

Interview with Javier Martinez, co-founder and CTO of Signaturit

Posted by media on September 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The success of any company depends primarily on the team leading the project. In Signaturit’s case, our CTO, veteran programmer and system administrator Javier Martínez is nothing short of passionate about technology and an expert to boot. For over 10 years, he has worked for several companies in the role, honing his abilities to manage teams and implement technical strategies in perfect alignment with the business’ objectives.

In 2013 he joined Signaturit along with Juan Zamora (CEO) and Salvador Severich (CMO), both of whom he met at Incubio, a leading business accelerator in Barcelona. We have had a chance to speak to Javier and ask him about his work as co-founder and CTO of Signaturit, as well as how the company’s software allows thousands of entities in over 40 countries to enjoy the safest, most intuitive electronic signature solution on the market today. Read this post to find out more.

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Topics: Electronic Signature

What exactly is an audit trail and what electronic evidence does it contain?

Posted by media on August 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

When carrying out any digital transaction, what guarantees have the involved parties regarding the legality and integrity of the information transmitted? This issue continues to cause a lack of confidence on the part of both companies and consumers, and ultimately slamming the brakes on the evolution of a digital economy and society.

To eliminate mistrust and enable online transactions occur securely, the figure of the trusted third party comes into play, whose mission is precisely to collect as much electronic evidence as possible during any electronic transaction -- the sending of email addresses, SMS messages, IP addresses, etc. -- to demonstrate to a third party that these electronic transactions actually occurred.

Signaturit acts as a trusted third party, and to collect all electronic evidences generated during the signing process, we issue an audit trail. In this post we explain in detail what exactly the audit trail is and what information it contains.

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Topics: Electronic Signature

Are eSignatures legal in Europe?

Posted by media on August 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The first question many people ask us when we talk about Signaturit’s advanced eSignature solution is, "but... do electronic signatures have legal validity?" The resounding answer is yes, the electronic signature is legal throughout the European Union and in many other countries, including the United States.

It is entirely normal that there are still doubts about its legal weight, as well as a reluctance to use one due to the lack of information about it, but eSignatures are set to completely replace the traditional paper-and-pen method of signing documents. This is not just because the latter is less secure but also because it usually requires the signer to be physically present, which increasingly is considered a less viable option in our digital era.

In this post we review the European legislation establishing the legal validity of electronic signatures, the types of electronic signatures that currently exist and how the advanced electronic signature differs from the qualified electronic signature.

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Topics: Legality, Electronic Signature

What are the risks of not using advanced eSignatures?

Posted by media on June 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

A mounting urgency to undergo digital transformation – whose steps we explored in an earlier post – is leading many companies to rush into adopting any innovative technologies, above and beyond those best suited for their needs or those who offer the highest legal certainty.

This type of reckless digitization can be extremely counterproductive given that it exposes organizations to all kinds of legal complications that could prevent them from jumping on the digital bandwagon.

Although we have looked at the advantages of specific departments and sectors actively using electronic signatures, particularly from a legal standpoint, we have not touched on how their misuse (or not using them at all) can lead to lawsuits and severely compromise a company’s reputation.

In today’s post, we list three examples of why digitizing the signing process should be carried out using a professional solution that offers explicit legal safeguards, and not through rudimentary systems or, as is often the case at present, by copying and pasting a JPEG or PDF file of a signature into documents requiring signed authorization.

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Topics: Electronic Signature