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Handwritten signatures easier to forge

Week 21, 2011

Also, not being used to cursive handwriting creates a increasing gap with the past: students are no longer able to read script from archive material, even from their own family.

The young generation, which has difficulties with handwriting, had to create a handwritten signature anyway. It has been demonstrated that their signatures are often based on block letters, or have a some semi-legible, not well-formed cursive signature. These poor quality signatures are easier to forge than those of former generations, leading to more difficulties, and risks, especially of identity theft.

These facts are congruent with the push for electronic signature on a global basis, and with the move announced by the US government for a global security frame for electronic identification and transactions.

Another growth opportunity for our industry!

Thierry Spanjaard

Chief Editor

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