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Protect Your Wallet!

Online fraud and atrocities of all kinds seem to be in the news every day. Internet security, internet fraud, information security, online pay and security issues are problems that you should be aware of. Fortunately, there ARE easy, common sense ways to protect yourself!

First the conventional wisdom, which is sound advice: Deal with Companies you know and respect. Do not provide any Personal or Credit Card information unless you are sure that the Company you are connected to runs a secure site when it comes time to pay or provide any kind of personal information. This means that all transmissions regarding your order are encrypted (coded) so that no one except you and the seller can make any sense out of the transaction. You will be able to check this in the address bar at the top of your browser. The beginning of the web address will have an "s" at the end of it. (i.e., https:// instead of the more common http://)

There are several Companys which investigate secure shopping sites and give assurances of their safety. One of these is VeriSign. If you are interested in investigating the subject, the VeriSign website provides alot of information

VeriSign Website

We have no problem with giving our credit card information to Costco or Macys or Amazon.com over the internet. It is safe.

Allow us to make a case for using Paypal for your online transactions. Millions of people already do, and there are good reasons for that.

Paypal acts as an extremely secure and convenient go between for online transactions. The seller does not receive any credit card or other financial information - only details about what you have purchased, where to ship it, and the amount of money that has been deposited in the sellers account at your request. You can access and confirm all aspects of the transaction at any time. Your personal information is not shared with the seller or with anyone else. It is locked up tightly at Paypal where it is safe and secure.

Paypal allows you to use most existing credit or debit cards. They also let you use your checking account for payment via electronic transfer. You can provide the information for one transaction at a time, or you can choose to register your information safely with Paypal. Registered members are able to pay for online purchases with a couple of clicks. There is no cost to the buyer for any of this! We use and recommend it. It is easy and fast and safe!

If you would like to investigate Paypal customer services further or fill out a short application to register for your personal convenience, use this link:

Paypal Website

If you are a merchant and would like to increase your business by accepting payments through Paypal right alongside the payment methods you already use, click on the logo below:

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Explore safely and purchase securely!