Security of your information
The personal information you provide to join, including your credit-card number, is protected by encryption, so it cannot be read as it is transmitted over the Internet. The encrypted data are transmitted using a secure socket layer (SSL) connection (a Netscape browser standard, adopted by Microsoft for their Internet Explorer and by some other browsers).

Look for one or more of these "secure connection" indicators on your browser:

  • A security alert window tells you that you are about to use a secure connection. Some browsers let you choose whether to display this window.
  • An SSL icon shows when you're in a secure connection:
    • A symbol of an open padlock changes to a closed padlock when you\'re in a secure connection.
    • A symbol of a "broken key" icon is replaced by an unbroken key.
  • The web site's address changes to one that begins with "https" (check for the "s").

The encrypted data go to a secure site, where your information is stored on a private computer that is not directly accessible via the Internet. At the secure site, your credit-card number is validated and your membership information is kept in restricted-access files. More information about our policies for protecting your personal data can be found in the Privacy Policy.

Security of access
Security checkpoints are set up as part of your subscription process. You are asked to establish a password and create a security check question that only you can answer.

Keep your password secret and don't forget it!!

When you log on, you'll be asked to enter your password to protect the security of your subscription to If you want to change your password or other subscriber information, you'll be asked to answer the security check question. You can change your password and your security check question at any time through the Control Panel.