Are electronic signatures and digital signatures the same?
In short, no. Terms like electronic signature and digital signature are often used interchangeably. Put simply, electronic signatures refer to any signature that is applied electronically – for instance, on the form filled in on the website or your email signature. Digital signatures can serve as electronic signatures, however, they also provide a higher level of security and compliance. By applying digital signatures to a document, cryptography binds its digital certificate with the data being signed, therefore preventing documents from being replicated or altered by unauthorised parties.