Where can I use Digital Signature Certificates?

You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:

  • For secure email and web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.
  • To prove ownership of a domain name and establish SSL/ TLS encrypted secured sessions between your website and the user for web based transactions.
  • As a developer, for proving authorship of a code and retaining integrity of the distributed software programs.
  • For signing web forms, e-tendering documents, filing income tax returns, to access membership-based websites automatically without entering a user name and password etc.

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Foreign Trade and Digital Signature Certificates

Export and Import Organizations (EXIM organizations) can apply for licenses online which means that they can also file accompanying documents electronically on the DGFT website. Since a Digital Signature Certificate ensures authenticity of the document, DGFT has mandated use of Digital Signature Certificates with all electronic documents uploaded on the DGFT site. This means that every EXIM Organisation needs to necessarily have a Digital Signature Certificate for transactions related to the DGFT website. On validating the identity of the sender, authenticity of the documents and validity of the DSC, DGFT then processes the documents for licence issuance. In addition to convenience, online submission of applications on the DGFT website also mean a 50% reduction in licence fee for EXIM Organisations.

Organisations can prevent fraudulent practices such as identity thefts by filing bills of entry using a Digital Signature Certificate. If an organisation is filing documents through Custom House Agents, it is important that all documents filed are accompanied by a DSC.

 A Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate is essential for any organisation seeking an Import or an Export Licence that needs to be registered in the name of one representative authorised to represent the organisation.

Since a Digital Signature Certificate is recognised by the legal system, all documents submitted using a Digital Signature Certificate is considered on par with physically signed documents, and also attract benefits endowed upon them through the Indian Information Technology Act 2000.

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E-tenders for procurements above Rs 10 lakh. Digital signature certificates are mandatory

In a bid to bring in greater transparency in tendering, from now on all government procurements with an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh and above are required to be e-tendered by all government departments, with the government launching the online procurement through the e-procurement portal  of the UT https://pudutenders.gov.in

The pilot launch of the online tendering through the e-procurement portal was successfully done by Animal husbandry  department, by awarding a contract worth Rs 58 crore to procure supplies.

The government has already issued guidelines regarding the implementation of e-procurement, notified in the official gazette on March 5,2013. An e-procurement cell has been established in Chief Vigilance Office to monitor this project.

The e-procurement mission mode project under the National e-governance plan is being implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It will enable secure online submission, payment of tender, fee and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) and access bid opening event from any place on a 24×7 basis through the internet.  Digital signature certificates are mandatory for e-procurement transactions by both the tender inviting department and bidders. A local help desk is also available and clarification could be sought through e-mail, e-tenders.puduvai@nic.in and phone 2220225 and toll free number 18002337315. – Source: newindianexpress.com

Encryption in MS Outlook

If you work with sensitive data or need to send private documents via email, you may want to encrypt your messages in Microsoft Outlook. When you encrypt an email, only someone who has a corresponding private key is able to read it. Before your recipient can read encrypted emails from you, you will both need to exchange your digital IDs. You can do this by sending a digitally signed email to the recipient and then asking him to send one to you.

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