Move Chess & Games believes that its customers should have the
highest possible degree of privacy and security available. We believe
that our customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses,
and credit card information are our most valuable asset. We have never,
and will never, give or sell such information to any person or company.
Information on Internet Security
Our entire website is
secure and all orders can be made online with
complete confidence, and in fact these days ordering online is safer
than handing your credit card number over in person. That
being said, if you would prefer to place
your order with a human being, you can call us via our toll-free number
during normal business hours
and we are happy to help you with your
has been made in the press, as well as in casual coversation, about
personal security on the internet. Many people believe that the
internet is teaming with criminals just looking to find your credit
card information, home address, social security number, and your first
born. This is probably true, both for the internet and the world, as
well. Although there are those who use the internet for
criminal or questionable means, the methods used for this behavior are
grossly misunderstood by many consumers. These myths have been
propagated by the misinformed and the special interests looking to prey
upon the fears of consumers. By using easy to understand explanations,
this page will dispell some of these myths, and inform you as the truth
about internet security. Hopefully this knowledge will arm you with
accurate information. This knowledge will allow you, with complete
confidence, to take advantage of the vast information and convenience
the web has to offer. It will also show you how much we, at Your Move
Chess & Games, really care about our customers' privacy and
truth is, the web is one of the safest ways to conduct credit card
transactions, assuming, of course, consumers look for, and understand,
the technological safeguards available to them. Remember, knowledge is
power, ignorance is bliss!
of the most often mentioned misconceptions about the web is the notion
that there are countless numbers of "hackers"
behind computers attempting to intercept your personal
from the web. This Imaginary
depicted in the graphic to the left. In this false concept, the
hackers, through some mystical means, can get between your computer and
the server of the website you are viewing. The hacker can then
allegedly intercept your personal information like credit card numbers.
Although this is possible in theory, in practice it is virtually
impossible to achieve, under certain conditions. First of all, it is
difficult to actually intercept a particular connection. Secondly, most
professional commercial web sites, including Your Move Chess &
Games, use a technology called Encryption
Encryption, simply put, is a data scrambler. It makes the information
unreadable to whomever is not authorized to view it like hackers.
Here's how it works, in a simplified form: When you connect to a secure
web page, the web site server sends your browser (i.e.,
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
secret code that activates the encryption system in your web browser.
Your information is scrambled(encrypted)
your computer and sent to the server along with another secret code
generated from your computer. The web server then unscrambles the
information once it is received. This makes any encrypted information
unreadable to anyone intercepting it on the web. The encrypted
information is only usable by the two computers (you and the website)
in direct communication with each other, and anyone who does intercept
this encrypted data is out of luck. This description of encryption
obviously is an oversimplification, but, in essence, it describes the
how strong are these encryption technologies? The newest versions of
today's web browsers contain encryption schemes called "128bit" encryption.
Without getting into the technical aspects of what that is, the result
is that it would take a hacker, using the most powerful of
supercomputers, about 8 years to unscramble an intercepted message
encrypted like this. It would be much easier for a criminal to get a
job as a clerk in a retail store and simply copy down
your name, credit card number and the expiration date, and use this
information for his next automobile purchase. In fact, this is the
primary method used for acquiring credit card numbers and using them in
of the fear has unfortunately been created by advertisements for
types of credit cards allegedly designed for internet use. They want
you to get more credit cards, so they create this impression that there
is a security problem that only their new card can protect you from.
Actually ANY credit card offers these same protections. So once again
we see advertising preying on the fear of consumers, and in doing so
propagating and reinforcing a
Simply put, it is statistically 10,000
times more likely for
this type of fraud to happen to you face
to face at
your local retailer or restaurant, than on the internet. Fact!!!
is all well and good, but how can you tell if a particular web site is
using encryption? There are two ways, and both should be found on the
site to be sure it is using encryption. First, look for a logo of a
reputable security provider. On our Your Move Chess & Games web
display the logo of our security provider, Verisign©, one of
the most well known and reputable security providers on the web.
Second, when you enter a secure page, and if your browser's preferences
are set for it, you may see a dialog box that says something to the
effect of "...you have entered a secure web page..." (or
similar words), and you will see the little "lock" graphic become
closed and in the locked position, signifying your encryption system
has been turned on in your web browser. Different browsers handle or
signify security in different ways. If you are concerned about
security, then make a point to become familiar with your browser's
security features. Usually, there is some documentation in the help
menus in the browser. You may also try the home page for the company
that wrote the browser; it usually will have both a description of the
security features and probably even an upgrade to the latest version.
So if these two conditions have been met on the web site you are
visiting, you can feel secure that only the folks who are supposed to
get your personal information will be the only parties to receive it.
This action occurs on the checkout part of the Your Move Chess
& Games web site and anytime you have to send us your personal
information. Feel confident that your personal information is totally
secure when you are dealing with Your Move Chess & Games!
... So what about a hacker going to the website and hacking in to get
to all the credit card numbers stored there? This is a valid question.
Any well designed website will not store this information. On our
website, for instance, your personal information entered on our site is
immediately sent off to to a third party processor and not stored on
the server that hosts our website. Even our own staff could not access
your entire credit card details! Anyone who hacks our website
will simply only find the same information you can view as a customer.
So if you hackers want pricing, pictures and reviews on stuff we sell,
that's about all you'll get from our server.
thing to remember on the web are some issues that may seem like common
sense. But you would be suprised how many people fail to consider these
simple common-sense guidelines. Always shop with someone reputable.
There are many "Johnny-come-latelys" out on the web, and of course, web
sites with questionable motives. In recent years,
federal laws have been passed protecting the rights of consumers and
protecting individual privacy on the internet. Even though it is legal
for a web site to ask for certain information about you and utilize
this data for its own internal needs, it is illegal to pass information
on to outside parties without the consumer's permission: your name and
surname being the only exception to this law. It is also required that
web sites list their policies regarding privacy. Look for sites, like
ours, that follow these laws and post their policies as a guarantee of
security. Look for companies where you can actually speak to someone by
phone and list a street address (not PO boxes). Even better, see if
they have a "brick and mortar" retail location you can visit or call.
Another good tip is see if you can find out how long the company has
been conducting business. Your Move Chess & Games has been
satisfying customers since 1978 and has been on the
web for over 15 years! Also, check to see if these web sites have a
standing with organizations like the Better Busisness Bureau.
safe, know your rights, and feel secure shopping at Your Move Chess
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