Ordering and shopping cart security
Items can be added to your secure SSL 128-bit encrypted on-line shopping cart from each product page. The product pages can be accessed from the catalogue page.
Our shopping cart is hosted by Americart who ensures safety of credit card information with the 128-bit encrypted SSL server, McAfee Hacker Safe system and also carries a V3 certificate with VeriSign Inc (the highest level of assurance / certificate in the VTN).
When buying from us you will be transferred to the secure server of Americart when you need to supply credit card details.
Americart uses 128 bit encryption technology on their site, to which you are transferred when completing your card details, and the validity of their website is verified by VeriSign.
With the use of the secure server, you are assured that people cannot access your confidential information, nor abuse it.
When viewing information and web pages it is normally not "served" (presented) to you via a "secure" server and that is fine as no information or credit card details are given The page address (URL) will normally start with http://www.xyz.com.
The pages where you have the "Add to shopping cart" or the "Go to checkout now" will also be normal web pages.
When you however need to supply personal information, or any credit card details the page that is served to you MUST be from a secure server.
Secure servers protect your information by encrypting the information when it is filled in by the client and the transaction is done.
Encryption methods vary, but the most used way is to use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and in our case our SSL secured shopping cart uses a 128 bit encryption.
Secure web pages will start with https://www.xyz.com
When you are on a secure website where you input actual payment information a lock symbol must also display in the browser.
For further protection we insist that you supply your CVV number when placing an order that is the last 3 digits on Visa and MasterCard signature strip (on the right hand side of the card) and the 4 non-raised numbers on the front of American Express cards. So even if somebody knows your credit card number they will not have your CVV number and that helps that your credit card is not fraudulently used.
We, like all security conscious sites, now require you to supply a CCV number when placing an order, as the credit card needs to be in the possession of the person placing the order. People use their credit cards daily, and the credit card number, expiry date and billing name may be imprinted or electronically read by several companies and people during the course of one day, making it easy for anyone to use this information.
To prevent and avoid this type of fraud, our secure shopping cart system also requires that the person placing the order have the credit card with them to enable them to supply the CCV number.
Master and Visa
"The truth is that sending a credit card number to an electronic merchant over the internet is probably the safest way to make such a transaction." "There is more risk in giving credit card data by phone to a hotel."