An Introduction To Electronically Signing PDF Documents

An Introduction To Electronically Signing PDF Documents

Do you remember those clunky all-in-one print/scan/fax machines? They’re still around and you might still have one. But you’ll probably use them a whole lot less now you’ve found a far quicker and easier way to sign and send back a document you’ve received via email.

Yes, the electronic signature is the go-to method of making things official. With a few handy tips you’re on the way to signing documents and advising others on how to be a signator. Keep in mind, the process will differ slightly depending on what device or operating system is in use.

Keep reading to find out more about how e-signatures work and how they can make life easier!

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What’s An Electronic Signature?

It’s becoming increasingly common for people to use electronic signatures (otherwise known as e-signatures). This is not to be confused with a digital signature, which refers to a highly technical encryption system.

Your typical e-signature is basically an image of your personalised squiggle overlaid on a PDF document. These days, this is the technology that businesses are relying upon to send off and accept any documents that need signing — especially considering that fax has largely gone the way of the dinosaur!

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Is An E-signature Legally Binding?

An e-signature carries the same weight as any traditional, paper-based signature. According to Australian and international law, they are a valid way of executing agreements. In fact, the Federal Court recently held that a digital pen used to sign an electoral enrolment form was a reliable method as any in providing a signature.

Why would you want to use one?

Why would you want to use an electronic signature? Whether you’re sending or receiving — if you have something that needs a signature, the electronic alternative has to be the most streamlined way to get those time-sensitive documents sorted quickly and fuss-free!

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