We care about the
security of personal information and credit card information you
provide. We use SSL technology to encrypt transmission of
personal information and credit card information. In this way if
the transmission is intercepted by an unauthorized person, it
will contain no understandable information.
In addition to the encryption
during transmission, we permanently erase the middle 8 digit
number of your credit card from our records immediately after
the transaction is completed successfully.
If your computer does not allow
a secure connection, you will not be able to access the
membership application form and the payment form. In such cases
you may see the message like "Page not found"
depending on your browser.
If your computer does did not
allow a secure connection, you may use a different computer to
apply and complete your membership. You will then be able to use
your own computer to access the website and view your project
Encryption and SSL security are
only required for pages in which you enter personal information.
Browsing the website content does not require secure connection.
What is SSL?
Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol has become the universal standard
on the Web for authenticating sites and for encrypting
communications between users and Web servers.
authentication allows users to confirm a Web server's identity.
SSL-enabled client software, such as a Web browser, can
automatically check that a server's certificate and public ID
are valid and have been issued by a certificate authority (CA)
— such as VeriSign — listed in the client software's list of
trusted CAs. SSL server authentication is vital for secure
SSL connection requires all information sent between a client
and a server to be encrypted by the sending software and
decrypted by the receiving software, protecting private
information from interception over the Internet. In addition,
all data sent over an encrypted SSL connection is protected with
a mechanism for detecting tampering — that is, for
automatically determining whether the data has been altered in
transit. This means that users can confidently send private
data, such as credit card numbers, to a website, trusting that
SSL keeps it private and confidential.