Designed for Individuals
GeoTrusts My Credential for Adobe Acrobat is a Certified Document Service (CDS) that changes the way recipients can trust your documents and electronic information. It allows you to create Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files that clearly certify to the recipient that your identity has been verified by a trusted organization and that any documents you send have not been altered. With My Credential for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat 7.0, you can engage in more secure, reliable electronic document exchange. This Desktop-based solution is designed for low or moderate volume signing using Adobe Acrobat. A SafeNet* FIPS 140-2 level 2 cryptographic USB token is issued to an individual (Sarah Jones) or a department (ABC Company, Human Resources). The token, which holds the verified signer's CDS certificate, must be installed in the signing party's USB computer port, and each PDF document is signed individually, using a secure, two factor, process (token plus password). This client-based solution is designed for desktop-based signing of PDF documents and delivered on a token which can be issued to an individual or department.
Document integrity achieved seamlessly and simply
Together, Adobe and GeoTrust have developed a revolutionary solution for document security. My Credential for Adobe Acrobat is the first ubiquitous implementation of public-key document validation technology; and, because it is embedded within existing Adobe applications, it is truly seamless and easy to use.
Certificate portability provides document security, anytime, anywhere
Since your Certified Document Signing certificate and private key data is stored on a cryptographic hardware toke -- you can carry it with you and certify your PDF documents from any workstation running on a supported environment.
Applications for Certified Document Services
The need to certify document authenticity is stronger than ever. Digital signature capabilities enable important documents and information to be delivered with added assurances that your information arrives exactly as you intended it. My Credential for Adobe Acrobat is an ideal solution if you need to ensure strong authentication of of your documents, including:
Financial Services that are driven by high value transactions, the conservative nature of business operations and need to adhere to government regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Educational Institutions that want to expedite the dissemination of transcripts and grades, and save on processing costs
Healthcare Organizations that must maintain highly sensitive information and compliance with HIPAA regulations
Manufacturing Companies that are facing pressure to reduce costs by streamlining business work-flow by replacing paper transactions with electronic transactions
Government Agencies that need to support the e-government Act of 2002 and the Government Paperwork Elimination Act
Other Uses for Certified Document Services include distribution of sales quotes, analysis reports, white papers, statements, invoices, press releases, privacy statements, human resource documents and any general communications that need to be verified as legitimate
The highest level of document security available
Certified documents differ significantly from standard digitally signed ones. Although Adobe Acrobat allows authors to sign PDFs with any x.509 v3 digital certificate, this isn't the same as signing a PDF document with a Certified Document Services (CDS) certificate issued from GeoTrust. A CDS certificate is signed by the GeoTrust for Adobe Certificate Authority (CA) that has been issued by the Adobe trusted root and embedded in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, versions 6.0 and higher. Only certificates issued from this hierarchy will receive the certified signature validation mark automatically when opened with Adobe Reader or Acrobat.
Relying parties don't need to decide for themselves whether the issuing CA should be trusted since the Acrobat application automatically verifies the validity of the certificate and displays a message to the relying party that the signature and/or contents have been validated. In addition, CDS signing ensures the highest level of document integrity and verification because the users or departments digital credentials must be stored on a cryptographic hardware device and they must be issued by a WebTrust-certified certificate authority using strict guidelines.
How it works
Installing and using My Credential for Adobe Acrobat is fast and easy:
Step 1 - Have your identity verified by GeoTrust via a simple, but trusted, verification process
Step 2 - Install your USB token (which is shipped upon successful completion of the verification process) and drivers
Step 3 - Download your digital certificate electronically
Step 4 - Go directly into Adobe Acrobat and begin signing your PDF files
Recipients using the free Adobe Reader 6.0 will then have the ability to automatically validate certified documents with no additional software or configuration. The relying party simply clicks on a signature box within your document and is able to retrieve the certification status indicating whether the document is certified and if it has been modified. Signature properties, such as certificate details, your contact information and validation method, can also be viewed by the relying party