Introduction to the eversign Electronic Signature API

Introduction

Welcome. You've probably signed documents electronically before, perhaps for a real estate transaction or legal agreement. apilayer's eversign provides the security and features you're used to, reasonable pricing and a straightforward API for building more sophisticated integrations.

For example, if you're a small developer that only needs document signing occasionally, they have a free plan that offers five documents per month. That's infinitely less expensive than Docusign's basic $120 a year.

And, if you're building solutions for your company or clients that need automated management of document signature gathering, eversign provides a user interface and API which makes accomplishing this as easy as something this complex can be.

Introduction to the eversign API

Why Use Electronic Signatures?

Frankly, eversign has arrived just in time. With our global economy, digitalization is finding its way into everything. What we once sent by post is now sent via email, what was once discussed in person now happens via Skype. All that previously was signed on paper is beginning to be done electronically.

And, electronic signatures are environmental because they're paperless and they save time and money for everyone. If you're an individual or small business, imagine never again having to hear, I'll return the signed document when I get back to my scanner or find a fax machine.

For larger companies, the eversign API is an easier, more cost-effective solution than has been previously available.

If you've never considered electronic signatures for your organization before, you're probably wondering three things:

  1. Are electronic signatures legally binding?
  2. Is eversign a secure solution for mission critical legal documents?
  3. Does eversign scale?

The answer to all three questions is yes.

First, electronic signatures processed by an online platform working in compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000 (ESIGN), the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), and the European Union eIDAS (EU No.910/2014), are considered legally binding around the world. In fact, due to eversign's extensive data logging and identity authentication practices, its signed documents are even more enforceable in a court of law than handwritten documents.

Second, apilayer, the creators of eversign have made it their business to provide secure APIs. They've built their business on keeping user data safe and ensuring encrypted transactions by implementing the highest grade of security standards currently available. Each data stream going into or out of eversign is secured by industry-standard 256-bit HTTPS encryption, documents are encrypted using unique hash keys, each signing process is accompanied by a tamper-evident Audit Trail carrying a detailed log of all transactions related to the document being signed, and as an additional safeguard, their entire data-set is stored in two separate secure locations.

Jeff Reifman is a technologist and freelance writer, founder of Lookahead Consulting. He’s also the creator of startup Meeting Planner, a simpler way to schedule meetups of all kinds.
 

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