Our Web Site's Security

We don't handle any credit card or other financial data on this web site. When you purchase something through this web site (e.g. a membership renewal or products), the information about what you want is added to the shopping cart. When you decide to buy the items, your shopping cart data is copied to PayPal, which is where you complete your actual financial transactions. PayPal is responsible for keeping your financial data secure (part of the reason why I, as the webmaster, have to pay a monthly fee for PayPal's services).

So, does the NASG's web site need to be secure? Not explicitly, but nonetheless there are two reasons for why you might want to browse the NASG web site with encryption active:

  1. When you log into the "Members Only" portal of the web site, your personal information can be retrieved and shown on the site. Only you can see that information (unless someone is looking over your shoulder), but if you visit the NASG web site via the non-secure version, it is technically possible for someone to spy or tap into the communication between your computer and the server on which the NASG web site resides. To prevent the latter from happening, visit using the secure version of this web site.
  2. On a secure web site, no one can see what you are doing, or what you are typing into the web site's forms (entities interested in what you do online might include marketing people, hackers, thieves, governments, etc.).

So, we strongly recommend that, even while just routinely browsing, that you use the secure version of the NASG web site. You can do so by using this address:

Note the "s" before the "://". "https://" means you are visiting the secure version; "http://" means that you are visiting the non-secure version. You may want to update any links you maintain to the site, such as in your web browser's bookmarks or favorites.

Starting in 2020 most major web browsers are at least warning you when you visit a non-secure web site, even if the web site you are visiting has no financial transactions on it. Some browsers will automatically look for a secure version of the web site, if one is available, and immediately take you there. Other browsers require you to do so explicitly. There are also browser add-on extensions available that will do the same thing.

We try to make all links to external web sites be ones that use the secure version. However, not all sites have a secure version available, in which case we have to use their non-secure version.

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