Frequently Asked Registration Questions
How does the secure server work?
The secure server uses a VeriSign certificate and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) transactions. VeriSign certificates offer strong RSA-based encryption for secure transactions and allow a wider variety of browsers. Netscape Navigator versions starting at 2.0 are supported as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 3.0 and above.
Your credit card information is encrypted by the RSA algorithm before leaving your computer, and is protected throughout the entire transaction. That protects you by ensuring that nobody but you and the credit card processor will see your card.
Is it safe to use my credit card on the Internet?
As explained above, we have taken great precautions to ensure that your credit card information is kept secret. RSA security is generally regarded as some of the strongest that is available -- please visit their site at www.rsa.com for more information.
In fact, many experts agree that placing an order online is often much safer than placing one over the phone due to the simple fact that telephone conversations are easily overheard, whereas encrypted Internet communications are virtually undecipherable.
Does my credit card company protect me?
Yes, All credit card companies are required to protect card members from unauthorized transactions. This protection is guaranteed by the Consumer Protection Act, a federal law. This protection applies to all credit card transactions, whether made at a storefront, over the phone, or online.
Since the RSA algorithm used by the secure server is virtually unbreakable, you will not experience any problems.
What other companies use RSA/SSL technology?
Virtually every site that accepts credit cards, or must deal with secure data. Here are a few examples:
- Online Retailers, such as Dell, Egghead, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, etc.
- Online Stock Brokers, including Schwab, Etrade, and Ameritrade.
- Banks, such as Bank of America
- Credit Card Companies, such as First USA
- Web providers and ISP's
- The list goes on and on -- this is a standardized, proven technology.
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