Hot Off The Press, Inc. understands that you are concerned about the security of the information you entrust to us. Its important to us too.
To make sure your information is safely guarded, we use what the industry calls Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). When you enter the page that requests your personal information, youll notice two subtle changes:
At the top of the window, where the web address of the current page is, you will see that the normal http:// changes to https//.
The lower left hand of your browser window will change to an unbroken key or a closed lock (depending which browser you use). Those two indicators tell you that you have entered a secure area.
What does secure area mean? SSL encrypts your personal information in a way that can only be decoded by our Hot Off The Press, Inc. server when it arrives at our site. Nearly all modern web browsers (including Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer) utilize SSL.
How safe is it really?
The short answer is:
Its the method used by Wells Fargo Banks web site.
The long answer is:
Much publicity was made in early 1998 when a programmer was able to break RSAs RC4 40-bit encryption technology in response to an online challenge. But to do this, he required 120 workstations on two supercomputers running for 8 straight days to break a single message. To break another transmission would require another 8 days. So, while Internet encryption can be broken, it requires expensive and sophisticated computing power.
We use RC4 128-bit encryption, which is 2 to the 88th times harder to decrypt than 40-bit encryption. That means that the computing power required to decrypt such a message would be more than 1,000,000,000,000 (trillions) of times greater than that which was used to decrypt the RC4 40-bit message. It is practically impossible to decrypt a message using RC4 128-bit encryption and hardly worth the computing resources required for it.
Once the credit card information is sent to the web server, it is stored on that servers database in encrypted form. Hot Off The Press, Inc. uses the same type of encrypted connection to collect those orders. No credit card information is sent unencrypted on the web. After the orders are collected from the web server the information is deleted from the server.
Please note that email is not encrypted and is not considered a secure means of transmitting credit card numbers and that we will NEVER ask for sensitive information via email.