In a breakthrough technological initiative, Kerala University has installed a ‘digital signature device’ which is capable of imprinting the Vice-Chancellor’s signature on degree certificates. The device is already in operation and the university has had its first batch printed successfully on May 14, 2010. This digital signature software device is a product of the Technopark firm Azinova Technologies.
Digital signatures are given legal recognition under the Information Technology (IT) Act, enabling them to be as valid as signatures on paper. By affixing a digital signature to an electronic document, the writer or owner of the document may establish his rights over its content, and file a lawsuit if the same is violated.
‘Hacking’ and ‘Cyber theft’ are popular buzzwords on the Internet. Remember, most Internet security measures have to go beyond anti-virus, firewall, spy-ware and anti-malware programs and encompass many concepts that ordinary Internet users may not even think of. Welcome to the world of cyber laws, digital signatures, public and private keys and of course, the cyber laws that govern them. Remember, most hackers are professional, smart geeks. They know how to impersonate as legitimate online business entity. Then, they hack the visitors’ information. Let’s understand why this is done.