We do use "cookies" when you shop to keep track of individual shopping carts.
Any information you provide to us is treated with care and with your security in mind. Secure transmission methods are used when you provide personal information. We do not store credit card information on our website longer than is absolutely necessary. This is why we must ask you to enter your credit card number again each time you purchase.
If you provide your email address, occasionaly [never more than monthly] you may receive promotional email from NHwoodworking. You may change this option whenever you like. We will never sell or share your email address with others.
SSL uses public-key encryption to exchange a session key between the client and server; this session key is used to encrypt the http transaction (both request and response). Each transaction uses a different session key so that if someone manages to decrypt a transaction, that does not mean that they've found the server's secret key; if they want to decrypt another transaction, they'll need to spend as much time and effort on the second transaction as they did on the first.
Netscape servers and browsers do encryption using either a 40-bit secret key or a 128-bit secret key. Many people feel that using a 40-bit key is insecure because it's vulnerable to a "brute force" attack (trying each of the 2^40 possible keys until you find the one that decrypts the message). Using a 128-bit key eliminates this problem because there are 2^128 instead of 2^40 possible keys. Unfortunately, most Netscape users have browsers that support only 40-bit secret keys. This is because of legal restrictions on the encryption software that can be exported from the United States (The Federal Government has recently modified this policy, following the well-publicized cracking of a Netscape message encrypted using a 40-bit key. Expect this situation to change).
In Netscape you can tell what kind of encryption is in use for a particular document by looking at the "document information" screen accessible from the file menu. The little key in the lower left-hand corner of the Netscape window also indicates this information. A solid key with two teeth means 128-bit encryption, a solid key with one tooth means 40-bit encryption, and a broken key means no encryption. Even if your browser supports 128-bit encryption, it may use 40-bit encryption when talking to older Netscape servers or Netscape servers outside the U.S. and Canada.
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By e-mail: Sales@NHwoodworking.com
Telephone: 603 860-9377