NWBay.com Security Information|
These days it seems plastic is more valuable than gold.
Most Americans use their credit cards on a regular basis for such things
as paying bills, buying gas, sending flowers, mail order, etc.
Millions of people are surfing the Internet and there are literally thousands
of virtual storefronts, giving new meaning to "Shop Til' You Drop".
But, how many of you feel safe giving your credit card information over
Consider the following...
Do you know who has access to your credit card number when you buy
your family a nice meal at a fine restaurant?
Do you know who processes your order when you use your credit card
over the phone?
Do you know what happens to the record of each credit card transaction?
So Why is the Internet Safe?
Encryption, Encryption, Encryption
Since you are reading this, you're browser is capable of viewing secure
pages. At this time we encourage you to click on the LOCK or KEY image
in the lower left or right of your browser window then press the
"View Certificate" button. This will show you our 128 bit Digital Signature
that is used to transmit your sensitive information.
What is Encryption?
Do you remember when you were a child and you received your first puzzle?
It had about 8 pieces and was pretty easy to figure out. Then as you got
older the puzzles became more difficult to figure out, with about 1,000 pieces.
Encryption is sort of like a puzzle that has millions of pieces. You can tell
when encryption is being used. If you are using an Internet browser that
is capable of secure encryption (SSL Secure Sockets Layer), there will be
a solid blue key, blue lock or a yellow lock in the lower left or right of the
screen when encryption is activated. When it is deactivated the locks will
be unlocked and the key will be broken in two pieces. Examples of
encryption capable browers are: Netscape Navigator 3.0 or greater,
Communicator, Internet Explorer 3.0 or greater and AOL 3.0 or greater.
There are others out there as well.
If you see a broken key or unlocked lock, you are sending information that
can be viewed by any hacker. Don't enter your credit card number on a
page that is not encrypted.
The second part of encryption is the Digital Signature. For someone to put
together the million piece puzzle which consists of your credit card number
and personal information they need to have a magic key. The magic key is
the Digital Signature.
A Digital Signature is assigned to a company that has been thoroughly
investigated to prove who they are and that they are a legitimate company.
Investigation includes proof of Federal I.D. number, copy of Business
License, Credit Check and verification through personal and business
This Digital Signature is programmed into the company's main computer
that processes the encrypted information (the secure server). When an
order is placed through an encrypted browser, the Digital Signature is used
to assign the message to a single company and can only be read by the
company possessing that same Digital Signature.
It has been said that it would take the most powerful computer (a Cray
Computer) 10 years running 24 hours a day to put together the puzzle
without the magic key. This method is so secure that even the Government
is fighting Congress to allow them to have a key because their best
programmers can't break the code.
For those of you with browsers that are not capable of secure transactions
we also provide an UN-SECURE method of purchasing.
A Shopper's Utopia has a Digital Signature installed on our secure server by
VeriSign Incorporated signified by the gold shield that is visible on our home
page, and shopping basket pages. You can click on this gold shield to read
more information about VeriSign and verify our Digital Signature.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small packets of data that are stored on the users computer for
later use. We use the cookies to store non-sensitive order dependent data.
These packets are simple data files that do not effect the operation of your
computer system. It cannot read your hard drive, write any data or otherwise
pass any sensitive or personal information to an outside
accessed by the Domain that issued it.
About Our Shopping Cart System
We use a sophisticated order system called "Miva Merchant", Using our
"Miva Merchant System" is very easy. To purchase an item, just enter the
quantity then select "add one to basket" or click on the product link or graphic
for more information. When you are finished adding items to your basket
, click on the "Checkout" button at the top of the page. The page will
then change to SSL (Secure Sockets Layers) mode and you can then enter
your personal, shipping and credit card information. Then you will click on
the "continue" button and fill in the credit card information to complete your
The information you have provided, will not be used or sold to any one and
is strictly used for order processing only. We hate Junk E-mail as much as
you do! After your order has been processed the credit card and personal
information is immediately deleted from the server, not saved in a box and
stashed in a closet.
We are certain, you will find our system to be superior to the best that the
WWW has to offer. We have spent the last year developing our new
Secure Ordering System and working with Bank of America. has proven
to be very successful.