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According to Wikipedia: “A signature (from Latin: signare, “to sign”) is a handwritten (and often stylized) depiction of someone’s name, nickname, or even a simple “X” or other mark that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and intent.

Digital Signature

A digital signature is a mathematical scheme for demonstrating the authenticity of a digital message or document. A valid digital signature gives a recipient reason to believe that the message was created by a known sender, such that the sender cannot deny having sent the message (authentication and non-repudiation) and that the message was not altered in transit (integrity). Digital signatures are commonly used for software distribution, financial transactions, and in other cases where it is important to detect forgery or tampering.  (Reference: Wikipedia)

Signature Block

In e-mail and newsgroup usage, another type of signature exists which is independent of one’s language. Users can set one or more lines of custom text known as a signature block to be automatically appended to their messages. This text usually includes a name, contact information, and sometimes quotations and ASCII art. A shortened form of a signature block, only including one’s name, often with some distinguishing prefix, can be used to simply indicate the end of a post or response. Some web sites also allow graphics to be used. Note, however, that this type of signature is not related to electronic signatures or digital signatures, which are more technical in nature and not directly understandable by humans. (Reference: Wikipedia)

Below is an example signature block when sending an encrypted email:

This email was sent securely sent using 256 bit encryption. This communication, any attachment, and the information therein may contain privileged and/or confidential information. It is intended only for the named recipient(s) and solely for the use of the addressee, and may contain material that is proprietary, privileged or otherwise private under applicable law. You are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing or using any of this information if you are not the named recipient(s). If you have received this message in error, please contact the sender and immediately destroy/delete the material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy. This communication may contain nonpublic personal information about consumers subject to the restrictions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. You may not directly or indirectly reuse or re disclose such information for any purpose other than to provide the services for which you are receiving this information.

©2015 [Company]. All rights reserved. Use of email is typically inherently insecure. Confidential information, including account information, and personally identifiable information, should not be transmitted via regular email, or an email attachment. In no event shall [Company] or any of its affiliates accept any responsibility for the loss, use or misuse of any information including confidential information,which is sent to [Company] or its affiliates via email, or email attachment. [Company] does not guarantee the accuracy of any email or email attachment, that an email will be received by Click IT Connect Corp. or that Click IT Connect Corp. will respond to any email. Click IT Labs is a division of Click IT Connect Corp., and Click IT Compliance Corp. is an affiliate.

This email message is confidential and/or privileged. It is to be used by the intended recipient only. Use of the information contained in this email by anyone other than the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error,please notify the sender immediately and promptly destroy any record of this email.

Please feel free to use this signature block language and make it your own.

Optional Block

This message is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may be privileged and confidential. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, retransmission, conversion to hard copy, copying, circulation or other use of this message is strictly prohibited and may be illegal. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return email and delete this message from your system.

Examples of Compliance statements:

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