What exactly are electronic signatures? The concept, legality, and benefits

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Everything you need to know about using e-signatures for business. This free ebook is a quick and dirty primer on how many types of digital signatures there are (Pandadoc says 4) and whether or not those different are legal (they are, mostly). It’s not a full guide to getting started with digital signatures, but start here to get the tough questions answered.

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  • You need a primer on electronic signatures for business purposes
  • You're interested in the legality of e-signatures for various use cases

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What exactly are electronic signatures? And why choose them over traditional signatures? For one thing, electronic signatures are a way for companies to save resources — money, time...trees — but they're also legally-binding, highly-traceable records of signed agreements. Generally speaking, electronic signatures fall into one of four categories: typed, scanned/uploaded, biometric, or software-based. Each one has a different set of pros/cons and the one you choose will vary based on your use case.

Everything you need to know about using e-signatures for business. This free ebook is a quick and dirty primer on how many types of digital signatures there are (Pandadoc says 4) and whether or not those different are legal (they are, mostly). It’s not a full guide to getting started with digital signatures, but start here to get the tough questions answered.

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What exactly are electronic signatures? And why choose them over traditional signatures? For one thing, electronic signatures are a way for companies to save resources — money, time...trees — but they're also legally-binding, highly-traceable records of signed agreements. Generally speaking, electronic signatures fall into one of four categories: typed, scanned/uploaded, biometric, or software-based. Each one has a different set of pros/cons and the one you choose will vary based on your use case.

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What we loved:

They do a good job going in-depth (well, as in-depth as possible) on a fairly shallow topic

What we didn't love:

Some too-chunky paragraphs and, on principle, orange-colored body copy

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We think Pandadoc does a good job saying about all they can on the subject of digital signatures. Admittedly this ebook is all info and no action, but what’s in the title is exactly what you get in the text, laid out simple and direct. We just would have liked to see the “Legality” section split up more for easier reading...although this is such a brief read that it doesn't have a huge negative impact.


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