Security Statement

Revised 05/30/06

This statement has been designed to help you understand the security measures this Web site has taken to protect the information you send us via the Internet. Our Privacy Statement explains what information is gathered and how it is used.

Does this Web site protect my sensitive information?
Yes, we have implemented many levels of security to protect the information you share with us. We have implemented industry standards and Web site-specific measures to help protect your sensitive information. In certain areas of our Web site, a secure connection between your browser and our site is established. This is done using encryption technology. We've also implemented steps to help verify a customer's identity before processing requests from that customer.

What is encryption?
Encryption is a security technique used to protect information by making it unreadable during transmission. This Web site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, which is the current industry standard for encryption. SSL works with secure browsers, like Netscape (version 2.0 or greater) and Internet Explorer (version 2.1 or greater). By using SSL, information is scrambled before it leaves your browser and is unscrambled when it reaches our site. Should someone intercept the transmission, it will be unreadable and will be extremely difficult for them to translate into a readable message. In case you are not sure if your browser supports encryption or not, we have taken some additional precautions. If your browser does not support encryption, you will get an error message and won't be able to use the associated application.

How do I know when a Web site is secure?
Normally a Web site does not have security activated because most Web pages only display publicly accessible information. However, when sensitive information is passed, SSL security is turned on. Internet browsers have a feature that allows you to determine if security is active. Please identify the browser you are using below and follow the appropriate instructions. If you are using a browser not listed, please check your browser’s help files for instructions or contact their technical support.

Netscape: To determine if security is activated on a page, position the mouse cursor on the portion of the Web page in question and click the right mouse button. Select View Info or View Frame Info from the drop-down menu and the page information will be displayed. Look at the Security section to determine if the page is secure or unsecure.

Microsoft Internet Explorer: To determine if security is activated on a page, position the mouse cursor on the portion of the Web page in question and click the right mouse button. Select Properties from the drop-down menu and the page information will be displayed. Look at the Connection section to determine if the page is secure or unsecure.

Which parts of this Web site are secure?
Most of the information on this Web site is public and accessible by everyone. Consequently an "insecure" mode is appropriate for those areas. Some parts of the Web site require the user to submit information to enroll in a service.  Before providing such information, the customer must provide unique identifiers. Customer information and identifiers should be protected and therefore, we activate SSL when this information is passed. Verify that security is activated, as explained under 
"How do I know when a website is secure?" before sending such information.

Is there anything I can do to help strengthen security?
Absolutely. Below are a few easy suggestions that will help protect information:

Before sending sensitive information always verify that security is activated, as explained under "How do I know a website is secure?."  If the area is not secure, don’t send the information.

Sometimes I get a security warning message. What is this and why do I get it?
A message or box, such as those below, may appear when visitors enter secure pages. This is normal and is controlled by the security settings on your browser. A similar warning may appear when leaving a secure part of the site and before entering a section that does not have security activated. All applications within the Appliance Service Plan Web site have been secured.

 

Netscape

Secure

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Insecure

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Internet Explorer

Secure

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Insecure

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For more information
If you have any questions about this
 Security Statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can Contact Us.