Are document signing apps trustworthy? Let’s break it down.
With all the political unrest and a PM who’s not exactly trustworthy, it’s hard to know if you can fully trust anything that uses your personal data.
There are hoards of people and companies who distrust technology in general, (we blame Cambridge Analytica!)
But what about signing a digital document?
A signature is still something people think they have to duplicate every time they use it, even in Grannie’s Christmas card! But times have changed and you’re far safer signing a document online than on paper.
This also means that if someone was to say open the document from your email address, you’d be able to immediately track when and where the action occurred and therefore take the steps to nullify the contract.
All of it, even the small print. Because no matter how you’re signing, you need to make sure you agree with what’s in the contract. We’re all guilty of whizzing through the T&C’s, but honestly read them, you’ll thank yourself in the future.
It’s natural for it to feel less of a full-blown process compared to signing on paper, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less legal or safe. So read all the jargony language, no matter how long it takes, convenience doesn’t mean you take less time to read the contract.
Choose your provider
We won’t hit you over the head a thousand times with our digital signing app, because you need to make sure whichever provider you choose fits your needs.
There are key things you need to look for though, no matter what you’re using it for. Storage is a big one as some providers don’t store your signed documents for you, so it’s far easier and there’s less chance of you misplacing the all-important contract signed last week if you’ve got it all saved in the cloud with your eSignature provider.
Decide how you want to electronically sign
While you don’t really need to worry about this before you go to sign a document, it is worth deciding as it can make things so much faster.
There’s a few options, all options are 100% legal and a lot safer than paper signing:
Upload a picture of your handwritten signature
This is a great option if you’re new to eSignatures, you can just take a picture of your penned signature and upload it to the digital document. MacWorld has some great tips for the best way to do this.
Draw your signature directly
This is also great if you’ve not signed too many electronic documents, as it still feels like your giving your handwritten signature as authentication. You can simply select the option ‘draw signature’ and have at it. It’s also far easier than when you draw a scribble on the postman’s tablet.
Type your signature
This is the option that arguably feels less like traditional signing but is probably the quickest. All you need to do is select the ‘type signature’ option, and use your keyboard to type your name (however you’d like it to appear).
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