How can you check that a document has been signed has not been modified subsequently?

A PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader) can verify the validity of an electronic signature. When the document is opened, the PDF reader automatically performs two operations:

  • It calculates the document’s fingerprint to see if it matches the fingerprint of the document that was signed;
  • It checks the digital certificate to ensure its validity (therefore the authentication of the signatories).

If the reader recognizes one of these elements as invalid, a message will warn the user that the electronic signature is invalid. Thus, there is no need to initial the document on each page: The electronic signature technology also plays this role.

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