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Are eSignatures Secure? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

Kellsey Ruppel
Principal Product Marketing Director

 Authored by: Sarah Gabot, Partner Marketing Manager, HelloSign

Anybody new to eSignatures is sure to have a lot of questions regarding security and legality. And who can blame them? Of course they want to make sure electronic signatures are reliable and secure.

This blog post will address common questions that many eSignature newbies have.

 1. What’s an eSignature?

An eSignature is an electronic marker that shows that a person is agreeing or approving a contract or the contents of a document. It’s a legal way for someone to virtually give consent or approval on an electronic document or form.

2. Are eSignatures secure?

Rest assured, eSignatures are both legal and secure! The level of security depends on the security level of your eSignature provider. (Check out HelloSign’s Trust Center to learn about our security and compliance)

 3. Are eSignatures a valid form of signature?

According to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, (aka the “ESIGN ACT”), electronic signatures have the same legal weight as written signatures. It also states that signatures can’t be denied legally valid simply because it’s electronic. This means that official electronic signatures are court permissible and have the same legal protections as those that are signed with a pen.

4. How do I validate an electronically signed document as court evidence?

If you ever need to take a document to court and the validity of the eSignature is in question, having the proof of timeline can help protect your signature in court. HelloSign provides customers with a validated and timestamped audit trail.

5. When is it not recommended to use eSignatures?

While eSignatures are useful in most document-signing situations, there are still a few cases where it’s recommended to sign things the old fashioned way. Legal professionals still recommend you use a written signature for documents such as wills, trusts, court orders and notices, adoption, divorce, or other matters of family law.

Interested in using electronic signatures with Oracle?

HelloSign recently integrated its solution into Oracle Content and Experience Cloud! It’s now possible to send secure and legally binding signatures from Oracle Content and Experience Cloud.

 If you’re interested in seeing a demo of the integration, email our sales team at oracle-sales@hellosign.com or contact your Oracle account rep. 

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