How is my credit card number protected?

Our website uses the Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) to transfer information to and from our server. HTTPS uses the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, the industry standard, for secure online submitions. It encrypts all of your personal information (name, address, credit card number, etc.) so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a commonly-used protocol for managing the security of a message transmission on the Internet. SSL uses a program layer located between the Internet's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Transport Control Protocol (TCP) layers. SSL is included as part of both the Microsoft and Netscape browsers and most Web server products. SSL was developed by Netscape and is now supported by Microsoft and other Internet client/server developers as well. The "sockets" part of the term refers to the sockets method of passing data back and forth between a client and a server program in a network or between program layers in the same computer. SSL uses the public-and-private key encryption system from RSA, which also includes the use of a digital certificate.

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