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Where are digital signatures stored?

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When you create a digital ID/Signature through Acrobat, where is it stored? I would assume that it is stored somewhere on the harddrive, however is it in the registry or is it in the logged-in user's directory? Can anyone access that file it self?
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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I'm not sure if I undertand your question: When you create a digital ID, Acrobat will prompt you for a filename (e.g. you select Advanced>Manage Digital IDs>My Digital ID Files>Select...
When you create one, you will tell Acrobat where to put the file (the default is C:\Documents and Settings\kremerka\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\6.0\Security) .

Or, are you talking about how the signature is actually stored in the PDF file?
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by:HeitmanProgrammers
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when you say Advanced > Manage Digital IDs > My digital ID Files > select and create a new Digital ID, how is that any different from when you click on "Sign this document" and You select certify document > show certification on document > add digital ID > click here to create a self-signed digital ID and you specify the information which does not ask you where you want to store that digital ID. What is the difference?
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This will create a Windows certificate, and you can view it by opening Internet Explorer, selecting "Tools>Internet Options". Then select the "Content" tab and click on the "Certificates" button. You should see your new certificate on the "Personal" tab.

This uses your Windows password to protect your certificate, whereas the Acrobat self-sign certificate is protected by a separate password.
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oh that makes sense.. thank you very much Khkremer. You have been a great help on all of my issues. thanks
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