• Q-1:- What exactly is Digital Signature?

Ans:- In simple words Digital Certificate is the attachment to an electronic message used for security purposes. The common use of a digital certificate is to verify that a user sending a message is who he or she claims to be, and to provide the receiver with the means to encode a reply. Digital Certificate provides a means of proving your identity in electronic transactions; just like a driver’s license or a passport does. You can present a Digital Certificate electronically to prove your identity or your right to access information or services online. It is basically a mathematical scheme for demonstrating the authenticity of a digital message or document

  • Q-2. What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

Ans:- Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

  • Q-3. Why do I need a Digital Signature Certificate?

Ans:- Like physical documents are signed manually, electronic documents, for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate.

  • Q-4:-. Where can I use Digital Signature Certificates?

Ans:- You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:

  • For sending and receiving digitally signed and encrypted emails.
  • For carrying out secure web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.
  • In eTendering, eProcurement
  • For signing documents like MSWord, MSExcel and PDFs.
  • With MCA and Income Tax

  • Q-5:-. Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?

Ans:- A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. Certifying Authority (CA) means a person who has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000.

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