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September 15, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

Israeli software start-up Seal Systems Ltd has developed a package which signs and seals documents with a personalized digital signature, or ‘dignature’, which can be also verified electronically for security purposes. The Jerusalem-based company is too small right now to market the product, known as Authorizer, internationally, but fellow Israeli outfit producing security software, for the e-commerce market, eSafe Technologies Ltd of Haifa, has already begun offering it in Europe, said Anthony Broza, a director of the latter’s UK operations. The attraction of Authorizer, Broza explained, is firstly in its ability to ‘humanize’ document authentication. The first step is for the user to scan in his or her signature and import it into Autorizer, after which it can be inverted, cropped, and so on. Thereafter the program uses an algorithm to build a true type font, thereby creating the electronic signature, which the user can append to confidential reports, contracts, and even, interestingly, emails. Authorizer also add user details and a password to avoid abuse of the signature, which can then be tested for validity by double-clicking on it within the program.

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