Are my transactions secure when going through DecorousContract website?
Absolutely. Our secure order form uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology from Starfield® Technologies, Inc. to provide for site authentication and peer to peer secure communication. Our secure address is in https://www.decorouscontract.com (note the additional ‘s’ afterward ‘http’ protocol indicates the ‘secure’). This allows you to submit orders and information to us without worrying about your credit card numbers being intercepted by others on the Internet.
Why don't I get the "Secure Server" notification from my browser when I place an order?
You are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer and it has turned off its notification option. This is a bug in the Microsoft Internet Explorer. To turn it back on first click on "Tools" at the top of your browser window. Select "Internet Options" from the menu that pops up. This brings up a dialog box. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the dialog box. Scroll down to the "Security" section and put a checkmark in the box that says "Warn if changing between secure and not secure mode". Also be sure the boxes for "Use SSL 2.0" and "Use SSL 3.0" are both checked. You will now see Secure Server notification from this Website and other Websites that use SSL connections. Due to the bug, MSIE may turn this option off again in the future, seemingly at random, and you will have to go through this procedure again. Note: the Secure Server is only used on the last page of the "Checkout" screens, where Credit Card information is entered. You will not see the Secure Server notification on any of the other pages on the Website.
Why doesn't my browser's lock icon indicate a secure connection?
The reason the lock icon may not appear is that while the order form is run off of a secure server, the form page itself is part of a frameset which is run off a non-secure server (this is done for performance reasons). You can verify the secure connection by watching the progress indictor on the bottom of the browser window (it should say something like "establishing secure connection. Connection is secure.") or by opening the frame in a new window (the lock icon will then appear).
Will I start receiving "spam" if I join membership?
No. We will not sell your information to any third party. We do send our own members information related to savings and special offers as they become available, but you may unsubscribe from our email lists at any time.
What is an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a Web site to visiting browsers and encrypts information for the server via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format — ciphertext —, which can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key. All Starfield SSL certificates enable high-grade 256-bit and industry-Standard 128-bit encryption.
A certificate serves as an electronic "passport" that establishes an online entity's credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user's browser will access the server's digital certificate and establish a secure connection.
How does an SSL certificate work?
An SSL certificate enables safe, easy and convenient Internet shopping. Once an Internet user enters a secure area — by entering credit card information, e-mail address or other personal data, for example — the shopping site's SSL certificate enables the browser and Web server to build a secure, encrypted connection. The SSL "handshake" process, which establishes the secure session, takes place discreetly behind the scene without interrupting the consumer's shopping experience. A "padlock" icon in the browser's status bar and the "https://" prefix in the URL are the only visible indications of a secure session in progress.
By contrast, if a user attempts to submit personal information to an unsecured Web site (i.e., a site that is not protected with a valid SSL certificate), the browser's built-in security mechanism will trigger a warning to the user, reminding him/her that the site is not secure and that sensitive data might be intercepted by third parties. Faced with such a warning most Internet users likely will look elsewhere to make a purchase.
What is the encryption strength of Starfield SSL certificates using by DecorousContract.com?
All Starfield SSL certificates support both industry-Standard 128-bit and high-grade 256-bit encryption. Encryption strength is measured in key length - number of bits in the key. To decipher an SSL communication, one needs to generate the correct decoding key. Mathematically speaking, 2n possible values exist for an n-bit key. Thus, 40-bit encryption involves 240 possible values. 128- and 256-bit keys involve a staggering 2128 and 2256 possible combinations, respectively, rendering the encrypted data de facto impervious to intrusion. Even with a brute-force attack (the process of systematically trying all possible combinations until the right one is found) cracking a 128- or 256-bit encryption is generally considered computationally unfeasible. Often a secured site's check-out payment form will show up as https://www.xyz.com.
What is SSL?
SSL is the de facto Standard for creating a secure, encrypted link between a Web server and a browser. SSL thus ensures safe passage of sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, passwords, user names, etc. SSL is used by e-commerce Web sites as a means to protect online transactions with their customers. Once a secure connection has been established, SSL encrypts information sent from your browser to the Web server. SSL utilizes the public-and-private key encryption system.
How does the customer know that a site is secure?
An "https://" prefix in the URL and a key or padlock icon in the browser's status bar indicates that a Web site is secure.
An SSL-encrypted session is generally commenced once a visitor signs in to a secure area of a Web site, such as the checkout or account-management area of an online store.