Encryption Definition and Examples

Understanding Encryption for e-Signing

Encryption is a fundamental technology for securing digital communications, ensuring that the data transmitted between parties remains confidential and tamper-proof. In the context of e-signing, encryption plays a critical role in protecting the integrity and authenticity of legally-binding documents. When you send an e-signature request through an e-signature provider like GoodSign, the contents of your documents are encrypted to prevent unauthorized access and alterations.

How Encryption Works

At a high level, encryption converts readable data (plaintext) into an unreadable format (ciphertext) using an algorithm and an encryption key. Only those with the corresponding decryption key can convert the data back into its readable form. This ensures that even if an encrypted message is intercepted, it cannot be read or tampered with by unauthorized parties.

Types of Encryption

  1. Symmetric Encryption: Uses the same key for both encryption and decryption. While fast and efficient, it requires secure sharing of the key between the sender and receiver.

  2. Asymmetric Encryption: Utilizes a pair of keys—a public key for encryption and a private key for decryption. This method enhances security by ensuring that the private key remains confidential even if the public key is shared openly.

Examples of Encryption in E-Signing

  • SSL/TLS Encryption: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) are protocols that encrypt data transmitted over the internet. When you interact with GoodSign's platform, SSL/TLS ensures that your data, including your documents and e-signature requests, are encrypted during transmission, safeguarding against eavesdropping and data breaches.

  • Document Encryption: After you upload your document to GoodSign, it undergoes encryption to ensure that only authorized recipients can access and view the content. This preserves the confidentiality and integrity of your documents throughout the signing process.

Why Encryption Matters

Encryption is not just a technical feature; it's a vital component of trust and security in the digital age. By ensuring that your documents and signatures are encrypted, e-signature providers like GoodSign help you maintain compliance with legal standards and protect your sensitive information. You'll never have to worry about unauthorized alterations or exposure, giving you peace of mind as you manage your digital transactions.

With GoodSign, every envelope you send benefits from robust encryption without hidden fees or complicated plans—just $1.50 per send, making advanced security accessible and affordable for everyone. Discover the simplicity and security of pay-per-use e-signing with GoodSign today.

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