Your Security is Our Goal
The following describes the security measures we take to protect your
information on the Internet:
SLOCO Data uses Secured Socket Layer (SSL) for secure transmissions. SSL
applies encryption between two communicating applications, such as your PC and
our corporate Internet server. When your data is transmitted over the Internet,
it is encrypted or "scrambled" at the sending end and then decrypted or
"unscrambled" at the receiving end. We use 128-bit encryption, the highest
level generally available today.
Encryption is a technology that allows secure transmittal of information along
the Internet by encoding the transmitted data using a mathematical formula that
scrambles it. Without a corresponding "decoder," the transmission would look
like nonsense text and would be unusable. It can be used with many
applications, including electronic commerce (sending credit card numbers for
orders or transmitting account information), email messages and sensitive
Basic encryption involves the transmission of data from one party to another.
The sender encodes the data by scrambling it, then sends it on. The receiver
must decode the data with the correct "decoder" in order to read and use it.
The effectiveness (or level of security) for encryption is measured in terms of
how long the key is — the longer the key, the longer it would take for someone
without the correct "decoder" to break the code. This is measured in bits, e.g.
40-bit encryption, the level of encryption used with many ordinary browsers,
versus the level of encryption recommended to use Account Online. For a 40-bit
key, there are 240 possible
combinations. For a 128-bit key, there are 2128
A cookie is a small piece of information which is created by a web server
during a user's visit to a web site. If you configure your web browser to alert
you regarding the presence of cookies, you may receive a notice that a web
server wishes to set a cookie. There are two kinds of cookies — "persistent"
Sometimes we use persistent cookies which remain on the hard drive of your
personal computer. We use persistent cookies for a number of purposes including
to store your preferences for certain kinds of information, to provide you with
access to certain web sites for which you have previously registered, to
retrieve information you have provided us previously, etc. You can set your
browser to disable cookies or prevent them, or you can delete cookies which
have already been set by instructing your browser accordingly. To access some
information on our website, you'll have to set your browser to enable cookies.
The persistent cookies used on SLOCODATA websites are available only
to SLOCODATA or to certain agents of SLOCODATA who are performing services or
hosting specific web sites on our behalf.
We may also use transient cookies, which are not stored on your hard drive and
are not available to anyone other than SLOCODATA. Transient cookies contain
information that identifies you and allows you to navigate on our site from one
page to another without requiring you to log in again on each page. When you
leave our site, or when your session expires, the transient cookies expire.
Identify the browser you are currently using:
Select Help on the menu bar
Choose About Internet Explorer from the drop down menu
The number in the "Cipher Strength" field is your encryption strength
Select Help on the menu bar
Choose About Navigator or About Communicator from the drop down menu
Scroll down and look to the left for the statement that begins, "This version
supports U.S. Security with RSA Public Key Cryptography" That indicates a
128-bit encryption level.
Check your software manual or contact your browser software provider for
How to Protect Yourself Online
Here are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from fraud while
shopping and banking online.
Verify the URL (address) of the sites you visit. If you're on a secure site, it
should start with https (the "s" indicates it is secure.) A padlock image also
should appear at the bottom of your browser window.
Install anti-virus software and update it regularly with the most current
Use separate passwords and PINs for your Internet accounts and make them
difficult for others to guess. Change passwords and PINs frequently.
Use the logoff button to end a secure session instead of closing your browser.
Only open email messages sent by people you know.
Never send personal or financial information by email. (Remember, we will never
ask you to provide personal information via email.)
Review your order confirmations, credit card and bank statements and report any
unusual activity immediately.
Review the security measures recommended by the Better Business Bureau, the
U.S. Government and others at the following sites: