What is SSL?

The Encrypted forms of our web site utilizes secure socket layer (SSL), frequently referred to as "Netscape" encryption. This allows both Netscape and Microsoft Explorer browsers to communicate with our server in a secure SSL encrypted session. It is often used to securely transfer credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

Fraud Protection

These security features protect transactions from misappropriation and fraud that could otherwise occur as information passes through Internet computers. Without thorough security, information transmitted over the Internet is susceptible to fraud and other misuse by intermediaries.

Complete Protection

The Internet does not provide built-in security. This is why our web site is protected. To increase security and privacy, we will be notified via e-mail of your completed order online and we access the completed information via encryption, username, and password. The SSL protocol delivers server authentication, data encryption, and message integrity.

How does it work?

Client/Server Protocols

SSL is layered beneath application protocols such as HTTP, Telnet, FTP, Gopher, and NNTP, and layered above the connection protocol TCP/IP. This strategy allows SSL to operate independently of the Internet application protocols. With SSL implemented on both the client and server, your Internet communications are transmitted in encrypted form, ensuring privacy. Due to this encryption process, documents that are encrypted may take longer to download.

Digital Certificates

Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer deliver server authentication using signed digital certificates issued by trusted third parties known as certificate authorities. A digital certificate verifies the connection between a server's public key and the server's identification (just as a driver's license verifies the connection between your photograph and your personal identification). Cryptographic checks, which check digital signatures, ensure that information within a certificate can be trusted.

Web Addresses

You can tell whether a document comes from a secure server by looking at the Universal Resource Locator (URL) field. If the URL begins with https:// (instead of http://), the document comes from a secure server. You need to use https:// for URLs with SSL and http:// for URLs without SSL.

What does a digital certificate do?

Public/Private Key Pairs

Digital Certificates are protected by public and private key pairs linked by a powerful cryptographic algorithm. These keys have the ability to encrypt and decrypt information. No one else's keys can decipher messages you send that are encrypted with your public key. Also, no one else's keys can be used to pose as you by sending messages encrypted with your private key.

Upgrade Browsers

If you are browsing our site with Microsoft Explorer 3.0, or another earlier or non-standard browser, you will need to go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx to download the newest version of Internet Explorer (I.E.) or the Encryption certificate utilized by our web site.

More Info

For more information on SSL encryption visit either the Netscape or Microsoft official sites.
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