This Web site is secured with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate.
What does this mean?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates are the standard method used on the Internet to secure communications between Web users and Web sites. This technology both authenticates the identity of a Web site and encrypts communications between the user and the Web site.
Extended Validation SSL is a new type of SSL Certificate. A consortium of Internet security experts (Certificate Authority/Browser Forum) including VeriSign created Extended Validation (EV) SSL to combat the growing epidemic of fraudulent Web activity known as phishing. Phishing is a technique used by criminals on the Web to trick Web users into revealing sensitive personal and financial information to a counterfeit Web site. These phishing sites look like a familiar Web site but they are only a fraudulent front for criminal activity. It can be very difficult to differentiate a phishing Web site from the legitimate Web site. This threat has made it more important than ever for Web sites to be authenticated as genuine by a trusted third party before users share information with them.
For over a decade SSL Certificates have served to authenticate Web sites, however not all SSL Certificates provide the same level of authentication. Some highly authenticate a site and some merely verify that the organization requesting the certificate has the right to use their stated Internet domain address. EV SSL Certificates represent the highest standard for authentication. They require that every Web site secured with EV SSL pass a standardized process for rigorously verifying the legitimacy of the organization responsible for that Web site.
We use Extended Validation (EV) SSL to secure your online transaction with us because we take your online security very seriously. EV SSL signifies that our organization has passed the strict EV identity authentication process. Our EV SSL Certificate will trigger your browser address bar to display https:// and if you use a browser released in 2007 or later (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7) your address bar will turn a noticeable green color. To the right of the address bar, a field will display the name of the organization that owns this Web site and this field will toggle to display VeriSign, the industry-leading certificate authority that issued this SSL Certificate. When you see your address bar turn green, simply look to the right to see that the owner of this Web site is the organization you intended to visit.
What do we do with the information we collect?
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party (Google Analytics) analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Shipwreck Beads website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the Shipwreck Beads website. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
When you visit the Shipwreck Beads website, we may send one or more cookies - a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets Shipwreck Beads help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Shipwreck Beads website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the Shipwreck Beads website), and allow us to track your usage of the Shipwreck Beads website over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser's directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Shipwreck Beads website may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
Commercial and marketing communications:
We use the information we receive from your account creation, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We use your email address to send you Shipwreck Beads related emails (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to your orders, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of Service-related emails. We NEVER make our customer list available to any outside mailers or e-mailers.
If you have signed up for our weekly newsletter and confirmed your subscription we will send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers. If you no longer want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences via a link at the bottom of every email.