There is currently no opportunity to sign e-mails on Apple MacOS.
|Class||Feature||Security||Price (starting from)|
|1||no keyboard, no display||—||approx.
|2||keyboard, but no display||PIN cannot be read||approx.
|3||keyboard and display||Final verification of signed document is possible (not yet supported by the Citizen Card)||approx.
The keyboard on the card reader makes it impossible e.g., for a virus to record the PIN that is entered. The PIN is not transmitted to the computer at all. An additional display is used for verifying the signed documents. This prevents viruses e.g. from showing anything else other than the document that was actually signed.
The Citizen Card prevents central access to sensitive, personal data. Therefore, sophisticated cryptographic methods are in place. When using the Citizen-Card function, the various administrative sectors - such as construction and housing, health, agriculture, taxation, ... – are strictly separated from each other. This prevents, for example, the tax authorities to take insight into processes of the health sector. It also ensures that each administrative area may have access to data from their own area of responsibility only.
The Citizen Card allows legally secure electronic signing of documents such as contracts, receipts, cancellation notices or forms (in PDF format). These files can then be sent via e-mail. For instructions and more information visit the menu item Sign PDFs.
Please note: The new PDF-based signature format PAdES does not require a Manifest ("M") any more. The Manifest is relevant for PDF signatures according to the PDF-AS format only. When verifying PAdES signatures, the Manifest field is therefore greyed out in the displayed result page (see screenshot below). This will change with the upcoming release of the signature-verification tool, which will omit the Manifest field at all. PDF documents signed according to PAdES are valid.
Starting with the beginning of November 2014, PAdES will be gradually integrated into existing e-government components. This affects mainly PDF signing-software such as PDF-AS, PDF-Over, the Austrian Mobile Phone Signature, as well as the citizen card software (CCS) MOCCA/Online-BKU and a.sign client.
Conversion to the new signature format is another step towards standardization, interoperability, and sustainability of signed documents and significantly facilitates their verification with tools such as Adobe Reader. Furthermore, Austria is well-prepared for the EU Regulation on trust services (eIDAS Regulation), which will be enforced in less than two years.
Citizen Card is locked(when the wrong PIN is entered too many times on the e-card)
No person was found in the Central Register of Residents of the BMI that matches the information saved on your e-card (name, date of birth and gender)
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