OutDated: Creating a Digital ID and Sign Word Documents

This section provides a tutorial example on how to create a your own digital ID and use it to add a digital signature to a MS Word 2007 document.

Now let's use John Smith as an example to experiment MS Word 2007's digital signature function.

When John finishes writing a document, he wants to add a digital signature to the document.

1. John clicks "Office > Prepare > Add a Digital Signature". A message box shows up:

Microsoft Office digital signatures combine the familarity of a paper
signing experience with the convenience of a digital format. While
this feature provides users with the ability to verify a document's
integrity, evidentiary laws may vary by jurisdiction. Microsoft thus
cannot warrant a digital signature's legal enforceability. The third-
party digital signature service providers available from the Office
marketplace may offer other levels of digital signature assurance.

2. John clicks "OK" button on the message box. The "Get a Digital ID" dialog box shows up.

In order to sign a Microsoft Office document, you need a digital ID.
You have two options for getting a digital ID:

( ) Get a digital ID from a Microsoft partner - If you use a digital
ID from a Microsoft partner, other people will be able to verify the
authenticity of your signature.

(x) Create your own digital ID - If you create your own digital ID, 
other people will not be able to verify the authenticity of your 
signature. You will be able to verify the authenticity of your 
signature, but only on this computer.

3. John selects the "Create your own digital ID" option and clicks "OK" button. The "Create a Digital ID" dialog box shows up as shown below:

Create a Digital ID with MS Word 2007
Create a Digital ID with MS Word 2007

4. Enter John's information and click the "Create" button. A new digital ID is created for John and the "Sign" dialog box shows up.

5. Click "Sign" button. A digital signature is added to the document. A special icon shows up in the Word status bar:

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

Done. John now has his Word document signed with his digital signature.

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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