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Electronic Signature Apps: No more waiting for signed documents

Do business faster and smarter by approving, delivering and signing documents on almost any device from anywhere in the world using an electronic signature app.

The job of an electronic signature app, or eSignature App as it is known, is to enable you to electronically add a signature to a document, meaning no more waiting around for signed documents to come through the post. But with that basic feature aside, what else can it offer?

Some apps enable you to send documents that need signing and then track the entire document life-cycle from a unified dashboard, particularly useful if you are sending lots of contracts or documents at any one time. There are apps which allow you to upload, prepare and send documents for signature as well as receive them, sign them and return them to another sender.

Most apps have a function to password-protect a document, so the intended recipient is the only one who can sign it. There are also apps which include a verification process, where the signer receives a code via SMS, before they can sign and some apps even use a bank-level encryption when transmitting and storing documents.

So, that’s a brief outline of that you can expect from the apps, but before you invest in any software, check out Zapier’s 7 of the Best Signature Apps of 2019:

DocuSign (Web, iOS, Android, Windows) – one of the most popular electronic signature apps available – good for tracking documents.

HelloSign (Web, iOS, Android) – one of the simplest and easiest ways for individuals on a budget to sign documents or collect signatures.

Adobe Sign (Web, iOS, Android) – a higher standard of signature app & good for users who already use other Adobe software in their day-to-day work.

Preview (Mac) – best if you only need to sign documents occasionally and don’t need watertight security features.

RightSignature (Web, iOS, Android, Windows) – has added levels of security.

Yousign (Web) – great if you have to regularly send lots of paperwork to the same person or if you work with a standardised document, like a basic contract.

Contractbook (Web) – built-in features for collaborating documents, requesting changes, tracking revisions, and more.

It’s important to bear in mind that an electronic signature and digital signature are different; a digital signature has extra layers of security in place – it uses a mathematical algorithm to validate the authenticity and integrity of a document such as an email, credit card transaction or digital document in order to identify the intended signer. So whatever your business needs, double-check which security features are on offer as the level of protection does vary from app to app.

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