Your credit card transaction at BookBrowse is very secure because it is processed through our secure server using 256-bit encryption - the highest level of encryption available. Your credit card details are passed directly to Verisign, our payment processor, who processes the transaction. BookBrowse does not store your credit card number, therefore even if someone was to hack into BookBrowse they would not have access to your financial details.
Although your transaction at BookBrowse is secure, you may wish to read on for tips to help protect yourself when purchasing on the internet:
Internet business is booming with almost a trillion dollars exchanging hands worldwide each year. Unfortunately, with the growth in e-business
there has been a corresponding growth in crime. This page contains a few basic recommendations to help protect you from e-crime!
Q. How do I know my online transactions are safe?
A. Leading software companies and industry-standards groups are working hard to keep you safe from fraudulent activities.
BookBrowse constantly monitors these activities and ensures that it conforms to the latest standards. These are some of the things you should look out for:
- Look at the address bar at the top of the browser. If you are on a secure site (for example, https://www.bookbrowse.com/learn)
you will notice that the address starts with "https" - the "s" meaning that it is a secure site. The web browser indicates a page is secure by displaying a small picture of a padlock. The position of this padlock varies but is usually to the right of the address box in newer browsers and on the bottom right in older browsers.
These padlock indicates that you are on a secure page in the website. Technically, it means that you have an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) link with at least 128-bit encryption.
- There are a number of different security services. BookBrowse uses XRamp Security Services, a global leader in high-quality security solutions.
XRamp is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has earned the AICPA/CICA WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certificate Authorities for three years in a row.
Additionally, XRamp has earned authorization from Visa and MasterCard as a CISP/PCI compliant scanning vendor. When you see a secure certificate such as the one below, click on the image and a new window will pop up. Read the information in this window to be sure that you're conneced to a site that is both legitimate and secure.
- BE CAREFUL: For your best security while visiting sites, always make sure the address of the visited site matches the address you are expecting
to see and matches the secure certificate. For example, it starts with http://www.awebsite.com/..., you can be confident it is the correct site. However, if it starts with something different, for
example http://trickysite.awebsite.com/ - it may not be legitimate, even though it may look realistic!
Q. What about Virus software, does that help protect me?
A. Safety online starts with keeping your computer secure by protecting it from viruses and other Internet threats. There are a number of things you can
do to ensure that your computer is protected.
- Ensure that you have a good antivirus product installed.
Modern products (such as Norton, McAfee, or ZoneLabs) provide more than just antivirus protection;
they also protect you against a broad range of
potentially malicious programs such as spyware and adware.
- Keep your Internet browser and computer up-to-date.
Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Netscape are constantly updated with patches that make them even more resistant to the latest external threats.
Normally these updates happen automatically with a message asking if you wish to update your software, but even so you should always ensure that
you have all the latest patches for your browser and operating system.
- Finally, ensure that your computer is password-protected - especially if it is kept in an area where other people may have access to it.
Q. What about SPAM?
A. SPAM is the "junk email" of the internet. And to me, is one of the most annoying things on the Internet! Probably 75% of my email is SPAM, and at least 10% of that is malicious (carrying a virus). That is hundreds of emails each day.
BookBrowse does not SPAM people, or solicit visitors by email. The only people who receive bulk email messages from BookBrowse are those who are either members or are subscribed to our free mailing list.
Q. What is a COOKIE?
A. A cookie is a little file that websites send to recognise you as a visitor. For example, BookBrowse's server sends your computer a cookie after you login,
so that you will be recognized as a member and won't have to type in your details each time you visit a page.
Many people are worried about cookies believing that they are an invasion of privacy. In some cases there are grounds for this concern - but talking specifically
about BookBrowse's cookie, you have no need to worry. It is totally benign and does not
contain, or capture, any personal information about you. It is merely a unique identifier.
This is what a typical BookBrowse cookie looks like:
CFID 212442 bookbrowse.com/
1536 3546759168 29693834
I hope that this information was informative and useful. Naturally, this is a big subject, and so the above is only intended to give you a few
suggestions and starting points. For additional information, you may be interested in visiting this site:
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