Simple electronic signature with inSign

Simple electronic signature

Typing a signature using the keyboard

The simple electronic signature (SES) is as the name suggests the simplest of all signature types. According to the eIDAS Regulation it has no special requirements and can be carried out any time, any place and without special devices such as touch devices or signature pads etc. or without assigning it to a person. inSign now also provides this signature type. The advanced electronic signature (AES) including biometrics, however, remains the inSign default signature type. Why this is and how the simple electronic signature works is subject of this blog article.
Compared with other signature types, the simple electronic signature (SES), does not have to contain any means of identification. It cannot be clearly assigned to a person and is, therefore, less verifiable. This form of signature is very simple and quick to perform, e. g. you can type your name using your keyboard, tick a checkbox or click a „Buy now“ button.
There are a multitude of use cases for which a simple electronic signature may be more than sufficient, e. g. signing general terms and conditions, client information, documentations or internal protocols of minutes.

The simple electronic signature is now available with inSign by simply typing your name using your keyboard.
Simple electronic signature with inSign
Each type of signature and its security level can be selected while setting a signature field. For important documents, we still recommend you use the advanced or qualified electronic signature. You can also select these when creating a signature field with inSign.
The following compares all three signature types available with inSign:

Simple electronic signature (SES)

The declaration of intent is made by entering your name.

Proof of identity is provided via the process metadata (the audit report). For basic proof, we recommend two-factor process access (via e-mail/SMS).

Proof of content is provided via a sealed PDF hash.

Advanced electronic signature (AES)

The declaration of intent is made by a handwritten signature.

Proof of identity is provided via encrypted biometric data and an audit report.

Proof of content is provided via a sealed PDF hash.

Qualified electronic signature (QES)

The declaration of intent is made by means of a personal certificate (PIN/TAN).

Proof of identity is provided through personal identification and the audit report.

Proof of content is provided via a sealed PDF hash.
To us, the advanced electronic signature including biometric data still remains the standard for signing contracts or other important documents because it is verifiable and practical. Please also read: How to verify the electronic signature inSign?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or simply write us a message.