Graphical signatures vs. eSign signatures

This document explains the two different methods for signing reports in TOTAL.

Document 6032  ¦  Last updated:  09/11/2017 RR2

TOTAL gives you two different methods to sign your reports: a graphical signature, and a secure eSign signature.

Graphical signature
With this method, a picture of your signature is affixed to your report.  This method is considered non‑secure, because readily‑available technology offers ways to work around even the tightest PDF security.
TOTAL walks you through the process of creating your digital signature the first time you sign a report.  For instructions on this, click here.

eSign signature
eSign creates a unique, traceable serial number for each signature in your report.  This serial number is sent to our eSign servers immediately.  You can prove it if the signature is ever tampered with, because when someone attempts to break through your PDF's security, it breaks the unique serial numbers in your report.  Additionally, any values changed in your report will not validate against the report's salient data on our eSign servers.
To verify a report after it's signed, go to  Simply enter your unique serial number and the signer name, and click Verify.

The first time you use eSign, we ask for personal information — including your Social Security Number — which is sent through an encrypted connection to confirm your identity.  This information is not retained in any way, and a la mode has no way to access it.  For more information about eSign, click here to read our FAQ.

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