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n. ~ A digital mark, code, or other symbol that identifies an individual and that indicates responsibility for or consent to the content of the material to which it is affixed.

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Electronic signatures range from simple to highly complex and secure. They may be nothing more than a name typed in ASCII characters at the end of the body of a document. They may also be computer code using encryption keys to demonstrate that the message has not be altered and to authenticate the identity of the signer.