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Privacy

The Southwest Tech ookstore will protect your privacy, we do not share your email address with anyone. When you ask a question, respond to a survey or place an order online, your email address stays with us. This means you will receive no correspondence unless it is from us and relates directly to your question or order.

Secure Online Ordering

We have gone to great lengths to protect the security and validity of your credit card transaction. Our order forms are encrypted by our secure server to guarantee that the information can be read by us only. It will appear as indecipherable gibberish if the data is intercepted by an unauthorized source.

Our website uses industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when collecting your personal information. Our website is hosted in a data center which uses multiple levels of redundant firewalls and database encryption to protect your information.

How to Tell It's Secure?

When a site is secure, it uses Secure Sockets Layer, otherwise known as SSL. SSL uses a complex system of key exchanges between your browser and the server you are communicating with in order to encrypt data before transmitting it across the web. All websites asking for sensitive information should be secured using SSL!

How can I tell if a website is secure?

  • Check the website URL. Normally when browsing the web, URLs (website addresses) begin with “http.” However, over a secure connection, the address displayed should begin with “https.” Note, the “s” is what stands for secure. So, before you purchase anything online, type a password or enter other sensitive information, verify the web address begins with “https.”

  • Look for the lock icon. Most web browsers display a lock icon somewhere in the browser window (not in the web page display area). For example, Internet Explorer shows the lock icon in the lower right of the browser window while Firefox displays it in the lower left corner. You can also click on the icon to see details of the site’s security. This is important to know because some fraudulent sites are built to imitate the lock icon. If everything looks valid when you click the icon, the company or individuals running the website have provided you with a safe means of communicating your sensitive information.

  • Notice the security certificate seal. In addition to the “https” in the address bar, many e-commerce sites that collect personal or credit card information on their site display a security certificate seal such as VeriSign on the checkout page to indicate the site is secure. Some websites may process information/payments via a third party site like PayPal; therefore, if you don’t see a security certificate seal, be sure to look for the “https” before entering any information.
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