Am I on a secure site even if the padlock on my browser is not locked?
Yes. Information about your account and other sensitive information are being encrypted on the VITA-RECIPES site. An encrypted item is scrambled so that no one other than yourself and VITA-RECIPES.com (VRC) can read the message or the information you entered. The reason the padlock icon provided on your browser may not appear locked (symbolizing an encrypted session) is because the VITA-RECIPES site uses multiple frames to display information on your computer. The graphical header and navigation bar across the top of your screen is one frame. The selections that appear on the left are another frame. The main portion of the site appears in the remaining frame. Frames that display general information about the site, such as the navigation bar across the top of your screen, are not encrypted. However, any screen that displays or requests information about your account, user name, password, application or other sensitive information is encrypted.
What is SSL?
SSL is an abbreviation for Secured Socket Layer. SSL technology secretly encodes (or encrypts) information as it is being sent over the Internet between your computer and VITA-RECIPES systems. This encryption technology is designed to ensure that account information travels securely over the Internet and remains confidential.
What is a "secure session" and how does it help keep my information safe?
During a secure SSL (Secured Socket Layer) session, data traveling between your computer and VITA-RECIPES systems is secured using encryption technology. This SSL technology secretly encodes information about you to create a private conversation that only your computer and VITA-RECIPES.com systems can understand.
What should I do when I have finished viewing my account information?
When you have finished using a secure area of the VITA-RECIPES site, make sure you log out and then close/exit the Internet browser software (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer, AOL). This will decrease the possibility of anyone viewing confidential account information.
What should I do if I am using a "public" computer?
If you use a computer that others also work on and you are uncomfortable that they may view "cached" pages after you have left the station, you should close/exit the Internet browser software (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer, AOL) before leaving. This will decrease the possibility of anyone viewing confidential account information.
How can I tell when my connection is secure?
To confirm that information about you is encrypted perform the following three steps:
1. Place your cursor on an area of screen where confidential information is being displayed.
2. a. With an Internet Explorer browser, right-click, select 'Properties.'
b. With a Netscape browser, right-click, select 'View'| 'Frame Info' OR select 'View' | 'Page Frame Info' from the browser menu bar.
c. For Macintosh users, Ctrl-click, select 'New Window with this Frame' OR select 'View' | 'Page Info' from the browser menu bar.
3. Check the web address that you have accessed. If you are in a secure area, the address will appear as https://www. The "s" at the end of "https" means that you have accessed a secure server.