Signing and Security

Help Center Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0 Signing and Security

Acrobat has built in features that allow you to ensure the authenticity of a document.


I'm sure you have signed something in your life. The problem with computerized documents is that there is no way to check handwriting. Acrobat provides a digital equivalent to hand written signatures. To create a digital signature go to Advanced, Secuirty Settings, and select Digital ID's. To add an ID hit the Add ID button the top of the window to begin the process.

Signatures made with Adobe Acrobat are not 100% secure. This is intended to give you an overview and should not be taken as a complete walk through on document security.

Since we are not covering the creation of third party digital ideas we will use the Create a Self-Signed Digital ID. Because this is a self-signed ID it is not nessecarily your best option for documents with legal information. After you hit next you will be shown a warning about self-signed Digital IDs. Once you have read through the message hit next. Next you will be asked where you want to store the ID. Your options are PKCS#12 Digital ID file and the Windows Certificate Store. The differences are explained in the wizard, for this example I am using the PKCS#12. In the next window fill out all the information you want included in your signature. You will also need to choose if you want to support Unicode, which is a Universal character set. You also need to choose if you want the ID to be used for Digital Signatures, Data Encryption, or both. After you are finished hit next. You will now need to designate where you want the new signature to be saved, and the password you will use to secure it. Now your signature is complete.

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