A significant number of Estonian ID-card users have been dealing with unpleasant surprises when using their Mac computers for over a month now, several media outlets reported – like the daily newspaper Eesti Päevaleht and the daily business paper Äripäev’s IT-news.
Trouble struck when Apple released its’ latest software update for OSX called Yosemite. Yosemite does not play nice with the software ordered by the Estonian state for the ID-card. This has prevented people conduct their everyday business and use various e-services, like digitally sign documents or authenticate their identity when logging into internet banks etc.
Quoting Eesti Päevaleht:
„SignWise, the Estonian company that has developed a digital signing solution announced that their service lets the Mac users who’ve downloaded Yosemite to their computers, authenticate and give e-signatures without problems. „SignWise has supported Yosemite since the day when Apple released it (October 16 this year). In our case there was no pain, everything worked and works just fine and our developers didn’t have to repair anything,” SignWise’s Communications Manager Dea Martinjonis said.
To give you an example of the service – private persons or SMEs can use it to give 10 e-signatures per month completely free, there are paid plans for larger volumes.
Worked without any hiccups
SignWise offers a solution that is essentially a layer on top of the secure identity issued by the Estonian state. „For authenticating your identity or giving e-signatures one needs an ID-card or mobile ID,” Martinjonis explained. „Our competitive advantage lies in the fact that we do not depend on 3rd party developments. SignWise uses a different kind of technological approach which eliminates any usability problems which tend to go hand in hand when using the Estonian ID-card software for e-signing and authenticating in the Internet,” she added. In other words the authentication and electronic signing works in the trusted Estonian system, but for using it the company has developed their own software.
Today SignWise supports the electronical identities of seven countries – Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Azerbaijan. Thanks to SignWise the citizens of the listed countries can conduct their digital transactions in a trusted and secure manner.
„We also support tens of Certification Authorities. We are adding new electronic identities of countries where SignWise isn’t yet present almost monthly,” said Martinjonis. SignWise solution fits everyone – from private persons to SMEs and large organizations and enterprises. From the business perspective the company is focusing on the financial and governmental sector as well as telecommunications companies.”