A Digital Signature is an electronic form of a signature. Just as one authenticates a document with handwritten signature, a digital signature authenticates electronic documents.
A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can be presented electronically to prove identity, to access services on the internet or to sign certain documents digitally. A DSC provides with a high level of security for online transactions by ensuring absolute privacy of information exchanged using a DSC.
The certificate contains information about the user’s identity (name, pin code, country, email address, the date the certificate was issued and the name of the certifying authority).
Class I DSCs validates the email address of user.
Class II DSC is issued wherein the identity of a person is verified against a trusted, pre-verified database.
Class III DSC is issued directly by the certifying authority and indicates a higher level of authenticity as the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a registration authority (RA) and prove his/ her identity.