Managing Self-Signed Digital IDs

Before you can digitally sign or certify a document, you need a digital ID in Revu. If you don't have one already installed on your computer, you can purchase one from a trusted Certificate Authority (consult the documentation that accompanies it to install the digital ID; Revu will automatically detect digital IDs installed in eTokens, USB dongles, or in your Windows Certificate Store) or you can create one in Revu (also known as "self-signed"). You will only need to do this once.

This page discusses the creation and management of self-signed digital IDs. If you purchase a digital ID from a third-part Certificate Authority, you should not need to create a digital ID in Revu. If you are uncertain whether you should use a self-signed digital ID or one purchased from a third-party Certificate Authority, there is a discussion of the merits of both options in the Digital Signatures Tutorial.

If you already have a PKCS #12 self-signed digital ID on your computer and wish to use it in Revu as well, you can import it instead of creating another one.

After creating your self-signed digital ID, you will need to export your public certificate so you can send it to recipients of your signed and/or certified documents.

In addition to creating a self-signed digital ID, this page discusses questions like how to change the password for one or how to delete them. Information about controlling the appearance of the signature on documents is elsewhere; see Customizing the Appearance of a Digital Signature.