Adobe Acrobat supports a range of solutions for electronic and digital signatures. These solutions include certificate signatures that let you sign PDF files with a certificate-based digital ID. Certificate signatures are also known as digital signatures. Acrobat lets you create your own certificate ID. However, the more common approach is to work with a certificate ID that a trusted third-party certificate authority issued. Additional signing options in Acrobat include integration with Adobe Sign.
Many business transactions, including financial, legal, and other regulated transactions, require high assurance when signing documents. When documents are distributed electronically, it is important that recipients can:
Certificate-based signatures provide both of these security services. Many businesses and governments have chosen to set up a certificate-based digital signature infrastructure within their organization. They use third-party certificate authorities to provide independent identity validation. Examples include:
Set privileges and permissions for others
Consider signing up for Adobe Sign online, the leader in e-signatures and web contracting. With Adobe Sign, you can get PDF, Microsoft Word, and other documents sent, signed, and filed instantly. And best of all, Adobe hosts it securely, so your IT department doesn’t have to do the work of setting up a signature infrastructure.
Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL): The Adobe Approved Trust List is a program that allows millions of users around the world to create digital signatures that are trusted whenever the signed document is opened in Acrobat or Reader software. Check out the current members.
Adobe Security and Privacy Portal: A good first stop for all things security and privacy at Adobe.
Certified Document Services: Certified Document Services (CDS) was the predecessor to the AATL.
Content Security Library: Extensive documentation on Adobe certificate signature administration.
Managing Digital IDs: Help pages for digital ID management.