What is an Electronic Signature?

In legal terms, an electronic signature is “an electronic sound, symbol or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person.” More simply, an electronic signature is exactly what it sounds like – it allows users to legally sign electronic documents without the need for printing and signing by hand.

What are the benefits of eSignatures?

Legally binding

Thanks to the ESIGN and UETA acts in the U.S. and the eIDAS regulation in the EU, eSignatures are just as legally binding as handwritten signatures.


eSignatures are often more secure than hand-written signatures. Paper documents need to be printed, distributed, signed, and stored, creating more opportunity for sensitive information to get lost and pass through multiple hands.


Up to 51% of printing is for the sole purpose of signing. eSigning helps organizations slash their spend on paper and ink and improve productivity.


Paper kills workplace efficiency – especially where signing is involved. eSignatures promote faster document sharing and approval, creating streamlined workflows and measurable time savings.

Remote-work friendly

The shift to remote work began long before the COVID-19 quarantine. Now, working from home is the new normal for almost everyone, and affordable, secure eSigning solutions are more essential than ever.

What is the difference between a digital signature and an electronic signature?

Alle digitalen Signaturen sind elektronische Signaturen, aber nicht alle elektronischen Signaturen sind digitale Signaturen. Verwirrt? Wir verstehen das. Sie stellen vielleicht oft fest, dass diese Begriffe synonym verwendet werden, doch es gibt einen Unterschied.

Einfach ausgedrückt erfordern digitale Signaturen ein zusätzliches Maß an Sicherheit und Identitätsprüfung. Während E-Signaturen die Unterzeichner normalerweise durch Prüfpfade (die die IP-Adressen der Benutzer und die Aktivität innerhalb eines Dokuments verfolgen) identifizieren, tun digitale Signaturen dies durch Verschlüsselung und digitale Zertifikate. Man kann sie sich als die digitale Version einer notariell beglaubigten Unterschrift vorstellen.

E-Signaturen sind ebenso rechtsverbindlich wie digitale Signaturen, sind aber tendenziell zugänglicher, effizienter und benutzerfreundlicher. E-Signaturen sind die Lösung der Wahl für alltägliche Signaturanforderungen. Die meisten Organisationen benötigen digitale Signaturen entweder gar nicht oder verwenden sie nur für extrem vertrauliche, wichtige Dokumente.

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Finding an eSigning solution is critical for our current reality of working from home and for the future of increasingly digital work. Get started with Nitro Sign for free today. No complications, no catches, and no limits – we promise.