Benefits of signing reports securely
This document outlines the reasons for using eSign to sign your report securely and provide an audit trail.
Document 1013 ¦ Last updated: 08/15/2017 RR2
Signing appraisals is something you've undoubtedly done thousands of times. It's a vital step in the report process and officially states that all of the conclusions, statements, and work done are accurate and truthful. Your signature, and all that it's attached to, is tied to your reputation. That's why it's so important to secure it, especially when it includes your license number.
Fraud and cybercrime are unfortunate byproducts of technological advances and are becoming increasingly frequent and more complex. While we know it's impossible to create an iron‑clad PDF file, there are other workflow tools you can implement to protect yourself and your livelihood, such as auditing and authentication.
Authentication allows you to validate who you are without question. Auditing gives you a record of every change made to your report. TOTAL achieves both of these key items in four ways:
Using secure signing methods ensures the integrity of your work, even when it has left your direct control. All of these features are most effective when paired with good signing habits required by USPAP (to see the current USPAP guidelines, click here).
Using eSign secure signing, along with other measures, demonstrates you've exercised due care in protecting yourself from identity theft or unauthorized signature use. Secured signing practices act as deterrents to fraudulent behavior, keeping your reputation and your business safe.