Outdated: Applying Digital Signatures with Word 2007

This section describes elements of applying digital signatures in Microsoft Office Word 2007. On Windows system, Word 2007 uses digital IDs (certificates linked with private keys) from in 'Personal' certificate store managed by Internet Options.

To add a digital signature to a document is usually a function of the document authoring tool. Let's use Microsoft Word 2007 as an example to see how we can do this.

Based on reading some related topics in the documentation, my understanding of Microsoft Word 2007 digital signature function can be summarized as:

1. Word 2007 finds digital ID from the "Personal" certificate store of the Windows system. Digital ID, also referred as digital certificate, is the PKI certificate with its corresponding private-public key pair. Of course, the certificate must be signed by trusted CA. The "Personal" certificate store can be managed by the "Internet Options" tool in "Control Panel" or by IE (Internet Explorer).

2. Word 2007 can generate one self-signed digital ID for you, if it can not find one. Word 2007 also suggest you to get a commercial digital ID from Microsoft partners like ARX CoSign Digital Signatures, Avoco secure2trust, GlobalSign PersonalSign, and ChosenSecurity Digital ID.

3. Word 2007's "Add a Digital Signature" function is offered in the "Prepare" menu under the "Office" button. See the picture below:

Digital Signature in MS Word 2007
Digital Signature in MS Word 2007

Last update: 2011.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with Google Chrome

 Using HTTPS with Mozilla Firefox

 HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Comodo Free Personal Certificate

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

Outdated Tutorials

 Outdated: Viewing Server Certificate in Chrome 40

 Outdated: Viewing Server Certificate in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Viewing Pre-Installed Certificates in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Firefox 35 Displaying Certificate Error Page

 Outdated: Adding Security Exception in Firefox 35

 Outdated: Windows XP Component "Update Root Certificates"

 Outdated: Creating Certificates Console on Windows XP

Outdated: Applying Digital Signatures with Word 2007

 OutDated: Creating a Digital ID and Sign Word Documents

 OUtdated: Viewing Digital ID Created by MS Word

 Outdated: Obtaining a Trial Digital ID from ARX CoSign

 Outdated: Viewing Digital ID Obtained from ARX CoSign

 Outdated: Windows XP Component - Removing "Update Root Certificates"

 Outdated: IE 8 Displaying Certificate Error Page

 Outdated: IE 8 Displaying Certificate Error Icon

 Outdated: Viewing Certificate Path Validation Error in IE 8

 Outdated: Importing Root Certificate from a File to IE 8

 References

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