Security Features PRINT  |  Feb 22, 2017 4:53 PM EST

 

This site's features have been thoughtfully designed to protect your information and to safeguard our servers and contents from unauthorized access.  Because we value all of your personal account and other information, our continuous commitment is to make certain that your Internet access to our site will always remain safe and secure.

Here are some short explanations of these security features:

Secure Sockets Layer / Encryption

We use a secure transmission protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) on our web server to provide server authentication and data encryption.

Our SSL web server secures the Internet's HTTP session by encrypting the flow of information between your browser and our web server. (Access to a SSL-enabled server is made through URLs that begin with https: rather than http:.) During transmission, the SSL software uses a secret encryption code to scramble your account and other content information into a numeric format. This encrypted information is unscrambled by a decryption code when it reaches its end point. A key is required to decode the information.

Currently, 128-bit encryption is the strongest encryption available and provides the greatest protection when passing financial or personal information over the internet. However, our server's SSL settings will also honor requests from browsers that are only enabled for 40-bit encryption. You choose the level of encryption you are most comfortable with or are able to use. (International clients may not have access to a browser that uses the higher level of encryption.)

User ID and Password

A session cannot be activated without a valid User ID and Password. The ID will be suspended and entry to the session denied if a wrong password is entered five times consecutively. Your representative will have to be contacted to unsuspend the ID. You have the ability to change the password at any time.

Cookies

We use encrypted cookies or special text files to perform specific functions. These cookies are stored on your web browser after you have logged in; they last only for the duration of the session. They contain your ID's authorization for the session and are set to expire after a period of idle time. The cookies can only be read by the web site that set these cookies. We use the captured ID information to authorize your access to other secure sites without requiring additional logins. Also, if a session has been inactive for a long time, a cookie will time out the session. You will have to log in again if this happens.