Advances in technology have made it possible for exchanges in information to take place like never before. The very important question of privacy arises and what is being done with information voluntarily submitted to a web site!? Being web merchants your privacy is as important as your patronage. In the end we are people just like you and valuing our own privacy we respect and value yours.
- In order that we may be able to process your orders requires that you divulge specific personal information. This information consists of your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, credit card information, etc. Without this information we, and thousands of other businesses could not conduct business on the internet. This information if given over the internet, is encrypted and sent to us via our web hosts secure server at Bluehost.com. We are made aware of this information through an e-mail.
- This information can only be viewed on the Bluehost secure servers using our computers but, is not downloaded directly into our computers which could pose a security risk to you. We keep a printed copy of it for our records.
- This information is shared with NO ONE, and in time is eventually destroyed.
- If you should like to know the information we have about you or to verify whether it is up to date and correct please e-mail us at [email protected], we will forward the information in our records to you by whatever method you would like it. As our internet presence improves we hope to be able to improve your access to your information with us.
- If you have purchased from us in the past we might at some time in the future inform you of new product or sales. We also hope in future to have a more interactive online system of allowing you more options of what we might or might not do with your information.
- Should you receive a message from us in any form such as mail or e-mail, and you would like to be removed from our mailing list please mail us or e-mail us. Upon receipt of your request we will remove you from any further messaging.
- Should you decide to place an order via telephone please know that we use land lines to receive private information. Land lines are not scanable.
We understand the importance of security in today’s world, both for ourselves and our customers. To address online security our web hosting company, Bluehost provide us with a security SSL certificate from Comodo for your online protection when you visit or shop on our site.
The encryption strength of a digital certificate is determined by the level of encryption supported by the browser used to connect to a web site and the server where the web site resides. This means that users may connect at 40-bit, 56-bit or 128-bit depending on the browser version they are using.
Most digital certificates function in this way – providing encryption at a strength supported by the browser and server. It is important to understand this distinction as many CAs promote their certificates as 128-bit when in fact they will support sessions of varying encryption strength (128-bit being the strongest possible level of encryption).
In the past, legislation of the United States government prevented the export of 128-bit encryption technology. The result of this was the creation of the so called “export” browser versions which were restricted to 40-bit and 56-bit encryption capabilities. These browsers were distributed outside of the United States for many years and were even downloaded by US based users. In 1997, the US government repealed its ban on 128-bit encryption. Today however, there are still significant numbers of export version browsers in use, mainly internationally but also in the United States.
Digital certificates have been developed that provide 128-bit encryption for browsers which are defaulted to 40-bit or 56-bit encryption – the so called “export” browser versions which include IE 5.01 and Netscape 4.7x and later . These certificates include technology known as Server Gated Cryptography (SGC) which automatically steps-up these browsers to the 128-bit encryption level. Only a handful of CAs supply these certificates, so if you require the 128-bit encryption step-up capability, make sure you ask for SGC technology.
How can you benefit from SGC-enabled SSL certificates?
With SSL certificates e-commerce companies can provide increased security for both their customers and themselves. In doing so companies using SGC will improve their brand security, thereby building trust with their customers.
Tests conducted by the Yankee Group have shown that millions of internet users still use older versions of Windows 2000 (without Service Pack 4 or the high-encryption pack), which results in millions of internet users connecting to SSL enabled sites with weak, vulnerable 40 and 56-bit encryption rates, placing themselves and many vendors’ brands, at great risk. These same users can automatically gain full-strength 128-bit encryption, the minimum recommended level of encryption for financial transactions, when conducting business with SGC-enabled websites.
According to the Yankee Group, wide-scale deployment of SGC-enabled SSL certificates, such as thawte’s SGC SuperCert, would reduce the actual number of users exposed by weaker encryption dramatically and make it possible for virtually every internet user to automatically be stepped up to 128-bit.
In addition to the above mentioned security we also use SiteLOCK, to ensure that our site is safe from “hacking.”