Paper contracts in general are authenticated by our handwritten signature, where digital documents can be authenticated by our electronic signature.
Qualified electronic signatures are attached to the entire digital document and form an integral part of the signed PDF file.
Electronic signatures and certificates are automatically verified by any secure PDF reader application, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. If someone tries to modify a document that has already been electronically signed, the PDF reader will immediately indicate that the file has been modified after it has been signed.
An illustration of the e-signature (called placeholder) appears at the bottom of the last page of the signed document. The Evrotrust mobile application automatically places the signature placeholders next to each other on the last page of the document, neither the users nor the Platform has an influence on the location of the placeholder.
In the case of more than eight signatories, it is recommended to insert an extra signature page so that placeholders do not cover the content of the document. These watermark-like placeholders have a more symbolic significance, as the e-signature (as opposed to the traditional handwritten signature) is put not only on the last page but belongs to the entire document. The placeholder of the qualified e-signatures from Evrotrust looks like this:
In the Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF reader, you can inspect all the signatures put on the signed document in the Signature panel:
If you print digital contracts with electronic signatures, those prints will be only non-genuine copies, so such e-signed digital documents must be archived electronically and it is unnecessary to be printed. The original copy of an electronically signed document is always the digital file (PDF), from which any number of originals can be created by copying (digitally).