Authentication Definition and Examples

Understanding Authentication for e-Signing

Authentication refers to the process of verifying the identity of a user or a system. In the context of e-signing, it ensures that the person signing a document is, in fact, who they claim to be. This is a crucial step in maintaining the integrity and legality of digital signatures and documents.

Types of Authentication in e-Signing

Type Description
Password-Based Users must enter a password or a PIN to access and sign documents.
Email-Based A verification link is sent to the user’s email address. Access is granted only when the link is clicked.
SMS-Based A code is sent via SMS to the user's mobile phone, and they must enter this code to proceed with signing.
Knowledge-Based (KBA) Users are asked to answer security questions based on their personal information, such as previous addresses or the names of relatives.
Biometric This includes fingerprints, facial recognition, or other biometric data to ensure the signer’s identity.

Benefits of Authentication in e-Signing

  • Enhanced Security: Ensures that only authorized individuals can sign and access documents.
  • Legal Compliance: Meets regulatory requirements for e-signatures to be considered legally binding.
  • Fraud Prevention: Reduces the risk of unauthorized access and document tampering.

Examples of Authentication in GoodSign

With GoodSign, authentication is straightforward and secure. For instance:

  • Simple and Secure: GoodSign offers easy email-based authentication, ensuring that only intended recipients can sign the document.
  • Cost-Effective: Unlike other providers, GoodSign does not charge extra for these security features, making it an affordable solution at just $1.50 per envelope.

By incorporating robust authentication mechanisms, GoodSign ensures the highest level of security for your digital transactions, without the need for costly subscriptions.

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