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Concerns About Ordering On-Line ?

"The reality is that shopping online is probably less risky than using your card at a local merchant." - Internet Shopper magazine

Ordering on the Internet is a relatively new way of shopping and some people worry about the safety of using their credit card numbers on the web. We hope this page of frequently asked questions will address some of the most common concerns about what we are doing to protect you.

How safe is ordering on-line?

Ordering on-line can be one of the safest ways to use your credit card - especially on forms like ours that use a secure server and a secure order form.

  • Your credit card number is never exposed through discarded credit card receipts or carbons.
  • Your credit card never leaves your possession, like it does in restaurants, so you're in control of who has access to your credit card number.
  • The transmission can't be picked up by "baby monitors" and scanners, as it can with cordless and cellular phone calls.
  • When using our main order form, your credit card number and other billing information is fully encrypted. This means that even if someone were able to intercept the transmission (which is very unlikely) all they would get is gibberish!

What is a "secure" transaction on the Internet?

Most Internet site hosts (computers and their software) offer an additional level of security for information entered by a visitor to their pages. Normally, web pages that do not ask you to fill in information about yourself have no need to be specially secured. Only pages that transmit information that you supply, like our order form, take advantage of such security. To test a site's added security, you will need to first link to a page containing such a form.

Described below are the ways that you can tell if a form is specially secured, depending on the browser software that you are using. If a page does not contain added security, it simply means that you are either using a browser which does not support this additional level of security transactions or you are on a page which is not using a specially secured server.

How can I tell if my transmission has added security?

  • Netscape Navigator: Look at the bottom left hand corner. You will see a little key. If the key is solid and sitting on a blue background, your transmissions are encrypted and secure. If you're key is broken, your data is not sent via extra security.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: Look at the lower right hand corner of Explorer's window. You will see a small pad lock. If the lock is "locked" (not open), your transmissions are specially encrypted and secured.
  • Other Browsers: Check the documentation.
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