Frequently Asked Questions
It is a set of data attached to an electronic communication whose purpose is to identify the sender of the communication or message as legitimate of this author, as if it were an original signature.
An electronic signature can be any data set that is incorporated into an electronic message through technological means to refer to the signing of an operation.
A digital signature is a type of electronic signature that uses cryptographic means and is distinguished for his safety, because it allows to reliably identify a sender (authentication and non-repudiation) further providing the ability to validate that a message has not been altered from its creation (integrity) and allowing the confidentiality of information.
See UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures
Diverse acronyms are used to identify digital signatures issued by government entities in Mexico. Among the most common ones are: FIEL, FEA, FIREL, FIABLE, Certified Electronic Signature, and Certified Signature.
It works through a public key infrastructure (PKI) where two key or keys for sending messages are used:
Due to its characteristics, a digital signature provides maximum security in electronic transactions. According provision 8th of the Advanced Electronic Signature Law, the following principles of digital signatures that represent benefits for end users:
No. Digital signatures cannot be faked because the technology used to create the digital certificates.
Encryption refers to the process by which an algorithm is used to convert information to a group of unreadable characters. To perform encryption, a digital certificate is required.
This is an example of an advanced electronic signature:
Es el conjunto de hardware, software, políticas y procedimientos definidos para crear, administrar, distribuir, utilizar, almacenar y revocar certificados digitales.
Root Certificate Authority:
has an auto issued certificate that distinguishes itself as root authority and issues the certificates of Certification Authorities that will be subordinated to its hierarchy.
Manages the creation of end-user certificates, attesting to the identity of the holder.
Manages the association between the end user that holds a certificate and its public key, administrating the lifetime of the certificate and, if applicable, the revocation.
Individual or legal entity for whom the digital certificate is issued.
The contents of the Digital Signature section of our website were developed with the special support of the Commercial Regulation Department of the Ministry of Economy. (Dirección General de Normatividad Mercantil, Secretaría de Economía).