Is my order information secure going over the Internet?
Experts say e-commerce transactions are safer than ordinary credit card purchases. Every time you pay with a credit card at a store, in a restaurant, or over an 800 number--and every time you throw away a credit card receipt--you make yourself vulnerable to fraud.
Online purchases made with version 2.0 (or later) of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, provide for a secure connection from your computer to the online store, assuming the online store uses SSL protocol, which we do. This protects the information as it travels over the Internet. SSL uses public key encryption, one of the strongest encryption methods around.
In Navigator, you can tell that you're in the secure mode when an unbroken key or padlock appears on the bottom left corner of your browser window. Internet Explorer displays a lock on the bottom right of the screen. Another way to tell that a Web site is secured by SSL is when the URL begins with "https:" instead of "http:".
No e-commerce system can guarantee 100-percent protection for your credit card, but you're less likely to get your pocket picked online than in a real store.