|Security on the Greg's Automotive Web Site
In this section, we've tried to answer common questions and concerns
as honestly as possible. If you don't find yours addressed here, or just
want to talk to us, feel free to contact us by e-mail
In order to be accurate, we're going to get a bit detailed
here. When buying something on the Internet, there are three things to
be sure of:
Points 1 and 2 are taken care of by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer),
the industry standard security protocol that the Greg's Automotive site
uses to communicate with secure browsers like Netscape and Internet
Explorer. When communicating with a secure server like ours, these
browsers encrypt the information you send in a way that is extremely
difficult for anyone else to decode. We've included a visual representation
below of what to look for in your browser window to see if you're viewing
a site securely.
Data you send is strongly encrypted.
The site you're doing business with is the site you think it is.
The site you're doing business with processes your credit card and address
information in a safe and responsible manner.
Many security experts say the most important thing is what happens once
the merchant receives your order. At Greg's Automotive, we take several
steps to keep things on our end as safe as possible. We don't keep a copy
of your credit card number on file. While this is a minor inconvenience
— whether ordering on the Internet or by phone, you have to give us the
number every time you order — we believe it's the safest and most honest
way to do business.
Which parts of the Greg's Automotive site are secure?
Most of the activity on our site involves the viewing of materials
we've prepared and made accessible to everyone, so there's no need for
these pages to be "secure". With a product page for example, no security
risk exists because there is no "information" being exchanged. Anyone can
access the same pages by pointing their browser at http://www.gregsonline.com
The portion of the Greg's Automotive site we've made secure is, not
surprisingly, the order forms. This is where you actually purchase the
items you've selected. The entire order process, takes place in a secure
There are several ways to confirm that you're in a secure area. All
SSL capable browsers have a symbol to indicate secure mode. Specifically:
You can also tell when you're in a secure area because the URL to the left
of the colon changes from 'http' to 'https' to signify that a SSL protocol
is being used to communicate with the server. (http = HyperText
Transport Protocol; https = HTTP with SSL.)
||Normal (Insecure) mode Symbol
||Secure Mode Symbol
|Netscape 1.2, 2.0
|| Broken Key
|Netscape Communicator (4.0)
|Microsoft Internet Explorer
|| Closed Lock
One additional note: some browsers give you a warning when you go from
a secure area to a regular area. The aim is worthy enough — to ensure that
people know when they've left a secure server. But in practice, the message
is often a bit startling, and makes it look like you've done something
wrong even though you really haven't.
If you have any additional questions don't hesitate to contact us via