Digital certificates
Thread poster: Claire Cox

Claire Cox
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Feb 2, 2007

Following on from Brainstorm's note about the invoicing situation in Austria in topic 62078 (where I've also posted this query, but I'm not sure whether it will be any use so long after the original posting!), I have just been informed by an Austrian client for whom I do a fair amount of work that invoices will no longer be accepted by e-mail unless they are digitally signed. I can send them by fax until the end of the year, but thereafter they must be digitally signed or posted.

Although I've had a quick glance at the Verisign link, I'm not sure whether that's appropriate for my case as a freelance translator - and it doesn't say whether you have to pay to do this or not! Can anyone point me in the right direction to a free - or at least inexpensive! - way of attaching these digital signatures to my invoices? I really don't want to have to revert to the post, as it seems such a backward step.

Many thanks


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Claire Feb 2, 2007

Please take a look at this thread:
http://www.proz.com/topic/44879

Natalia


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Software or the actual signature? Feb 2, 2007

Claire Cox wrote:

Following on from Brainstorm's note about the invoicing situation in Austria in topic 62078 (where I've also posted this query, but I'm not sure whether it will be any use so long after the original posting!), I have just been informed by an Austrian client for whom I do a fair amount of work that invoices will no longer be accepted by e-mail unless they are digitally signed. I can send them by fax until the end of the year, but thereafter they must be digitally signed or posted.

Although I've had a quick glance at the Verisign link, I'm not sure whether that's appropriate for my case as a freelance translator - and it doesn't say whether you have to pay to do this or not! Can anyone point me in the right direction to a free - or at least inexpensive! - way of attaching these digital signatures to my invoices? I really don't want to have to revert to the post, as it seems such a backward step.

Many thanks


Hi Claire,
Let's sort out your question: are you looking for a way to create and establish your digital signature, or for a software to incorporate this into your invoice?

For the second step, there are many different invoicing suites on download.com, try some shareware or trial version. But that requires you to have a signature in the first place.

Maybe someone else here can fill you in on that step? Verisign is one obvious place to look at, too bad that their website is obscure on this matter.

BTW, here's a primer, with links to the legal situation in various countries:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signature


/Jan


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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More on certificates Feb 2, 2007

Hi again,

I guess Natalia's link solved your problem, but there are apparently functions in both Windows and Mac OS that can create certificates for you.

Mac:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh2034.html
Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;217221&x=18&y=11

Then again, it seems to be a bit of a jungle whether self-created certificates are recognized. Read more and follow the links here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_certificate

/Jan


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Claire Cox
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Oh dear Feb 2, 2007

Oh dear, I'm obviously being very thick, but none of this is making things remotely clear to me. I am admittedly trying to get out an urgent job at the moment, but then aren't we always?!!! It really seems a complete pain to have to read through reams of stuff about digital signatures just to comply with one country's new regulations. Maybe it will be easier to revert to post. I do appreciate your suggestions, but it all looks far too complicated for a mere translator.

In reply to Jan's first question, yes I think I need to create a signature and then download appropriate software presumably - I'm not really sure! I've just been told that my documents need a "digitalisierte Unterschrift". I'd already looked at the previous thread, but I'm not at all sure that's what I need - maybe it would be apparent if I went through the process.

Sorry to be so dim-witted.....

Claire


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Zoltán Medgyesi
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Digital IDs for Secure Email Feb 2, 2007

Claire, maybe this service is what you are looking for:

http://www.verisign.com/products-services/security-services/pki/pki-application/email-digital-id/index.html


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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Digital IDs/Certificate for secure e-mail Feb 2, 2007

Or this one:

http://www.globalsign.com/digital_certificate/personalsign/index.cfm


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