During the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings to conduct business became unfeasible. Therefore, a document in particular was on the rise, but do you know what a digital certificate is? This is what we will explain throughout the text.
Digital certificates, then, already existing, became even more popular — and, now, indispensable! — to prove the identity of persons (whether natural or legal); avoid breaking social isolation; and, of course, facilitate bureaucratic processes so that they occur more quickly and efficiently.
However, there are several types of digital certificates, with different purposes and different types of protection (encryption). Check out, just below, what a digital certificate is, what are the types, what are the differences between them and why digital certificates are so important for the future!
What this article covers:
What is a digital certificate?
In summary, what is a digital certificate? The digital certificate acts as a virtual CPF (Individual Taxpayer Registry) or CNPJ (National Legal Entity Registry).
It is an identity card for the virtual universe, a secure version of all your documents (authentication through cryptography) and it is possible to guarantee the identification of someone — or an institution — without the need for a face-to-face introduction.
How it works?
The digital certificate will act as an identification of a company, or someone, in digital format. It has the same legitimacy as any original and physical documents, but its presentation does not take place by traditional means, on paper.
In addition, they also serve to provide statements to the IRS🇧🇷 access the e-CAC (Virtual Taxpayer Service Center); CAGED (General Register of Employees and Unemployed); and even access the virtual services of Caixa Econômica Federal.
What are the different types of digital certificates?
Essentially, there are two types of digital certificates: those that serve to identify the subscriber (type A), and those that serve to guarantee the secrecy of the information contained in the document so that it can only be accessed by those who have authorized access.
What are the benefits of using digital certificates?
Due to their digital format, digital certificates have, as their main advantage, much less bureaucracy than physical certificates. The purpose of digital certificates is to replace traditional certificates, so they will replicate the entire process involving the formation, recognition, and authorization of a traditional certificate; however faster!
In a physical certificate, it is necessary to go through processes such as notarization (the process in which it is verified that the signature of those involved in the certificate is true); attempted forgery and one (or several!) trips to the registry office to verify the veracity of that document.
The digital certificate, despite going through all these processes, goes through it virtually, that is: the document must be encrypted (protected by a code) capable of ensuring the security and judicial characteristics of the printed documents.
What is the future of digital certificates?
With the Covid-19 pandemic, then, the use of certificates became much more popular, thanks to social isolation. The trend now is for them to be used more and more frequently as they are more practical, faster, and can be passed on to parties interested in having the certificate in a more effective and safe way.
Digital certificates allow not only the delivery of documents necessary to recognize people, firms, and companies, as well as the safety of all those involved — the presence of those involved is not necessary for everyone to have the certificate in hand, there is no physical contact, and the certificate can be accessed via any compatible electronic device.