What is e-signature?
- Electronic signatures used to sign documents electronicatlly posses legally binding characteristics as standard signatures. An electronically signed document provides information about the signer, signing time and the authenticity of this information. As a result, the recipients of the electronically signed documents are assured that the document is untampered.
Usage areas of e-signature
- Electronic signatures can be used instead of standard signature where technically and legally possible. With electronic signature, you can carry out your online transactions securely. Governmental agencies, banks, insurance companies, e-commerce, e-government etc. can opt for e-signatures unless regular signatures are demanded legally.
Chrome and e-signature applet
- As of September 2015, Chrome dropped support for NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) which formed the basis for Java Applet’s and ActiveX objects. As a result, from Chrome v45, web applications cannot start Java Applets. Oracle has not developed any alternative solution to get the applets work without NPAPI. In contrast, it has suggested that web pages with applets should develop solutions to carry these tasks out as desktop applications.
Mozilla and e-signature applet
- Even worse, Mozilla Firefox has announced the drop of NPAPI support within 2016 (https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2015/10/08/npapi-plugins-in-firefox/)
- ProgressWorks WebSigner provide solutions to companies and governmental agencies to provide e-signature mechanisms on their internet and intranet pages comforming with varying standards of web browsers. With our special plugin developed for Chrome, e-signing can be performed without the need for NPAPI in a secure way. In addition, we update our solutions as the standards of other web browsers for Java Applets change and inform our clients.