Secure payment

Our secure payment

How safe is it to register (purchase) online? Some would say it is safer to use your credit card on our site than it is to use it in more traditional ways, such as in retail stores or restaurants. We use third party services to process our credit card transactions and they use the most sophisticated security processes available today.

What is SSL and how does it protect my privacy? The company that processes our transactions uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology for mutual authentication, data encryption and data integrity- all to ensure secure transactions for our registrants. SSL is the industry standard security protocol to encode sensitive information, such as your credit card number. SSL creates a shared digital key which only lets the sender and the receiver of the transmission scramble or unscramble information. To everyone else, even the servers relaying the message, the SSL transmission is indecipherable. SSL encryption can only be broken by intercepting the encrypted message, recording it, and using a computer to try every possible combination until the key is cracked. Most keys range from 40 to 1,014 digits long...as you can imagine, the number of possible combinations can be into the billions and beyond! You can also click on our SSL logo for more information.

Ok, so how about encryption? Encryption is based on the mathematical scrambling and unscrambling of messages. The type of encryption used assigns two keys - one is a public key and one is a private key. When you send us a message, you use our public key to encrypt your message. Once we receive your encrypted message, we use the private key to decode it. The same key cannot both encrypt and decrypt information. So, information encrypted using the private key can only be decrypted using the public key, and vice versa- ensuring the security of your information.

I've heard a lot about Secure Sites. What does that mean? Before completing any transaction on a website, you should make sure it is a Secure Site. Being on a Secure Site means you are connected under the cloak of SSL security. You can tell if you are on a Secure Site if you see a padlock or key somewhere along the bottom of your browser's window. If the lock is closed or if the key is unbroken, you are dealing with a Secure Site. You will enter our Secure Site once you choose to "Check Out" and enter credit card information.

What are cookies and how do they affect my privacy? Simply put, a "cookie" is a small file that serves as an identifier stored on your machine. Although they are not required, we use cookies to make registration and logging in easier for you. For instance, if you begin the registration process and then need to stop and come back to it later, you won't have to re-enter information you've already typed in.

Using Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Paypal

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Paypal as forms of payment.