What is SSL encryption and how does it make a transaction secure?
In order to conduct transactions on the internet, sensitive information such as credit card data must be sent securely between the user's web browser and the server hosting the website they are trying to purchase from . This is accomplished using an SSL ("Secure Sockets Layer") certificate. When a web browser tries to access a secure webpage, the server first sends what is called a "public key" to the browser along with the SSL certificate. Using theis public key, the browser then generates a "private key," or an encryption key, which is sent back to the server with the secure URL that the browser would like to access.
The server then uses this encryption key to securely encrypt all data that is subsequently sent to the browser. Because this key is generated on the fly by the browser, the encryption method is unique between each browser and the server, ensuring that only one key can encrypt the data, and only one key can decrypt the data. This ensures that all information that is sent to the server is secured, so you can rest easy knowing that your personal information is dafe. Our SSL certificate uses 128 bit encryption.
How You Can Tell if a Site is Secure?
You can tell that your order is being directed to a secure server because up in the address bar where is says, "http://..." it changes to https://...The "s" means secure. Also there is a small, yellow padlock that shows up down in the bottom right of that screen that is locked. If it was open, it would mean that it was not secure.
Our site is also protected by "Macafee Secure." Which bought out "Hackersafe" (You can click on their logo found on our header to ge to their site to get more details as to how that works.) They scan our site daily looking for any vulnerabilities and we get a report if anything is found that needs attention. If you still feel uncomfortable about putting your credit card information online, you have the option of calling that information in to one of our customer service representatives. We don't mind at all.