Secure Web Server The Stratford Festival employs a Secure Server using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption for the secure exchange of data between the patron and our system. The system supports both 40bit, 56bit and 128bit SSL encryption on virtually all browsers. This web site is secured using a Thawte Digital Certificate. This ensures that all information you send to us via the World Wide Web will be encrypted. If any other Internet user intercepts the communication he/she will only be able to see it in an encrypted (garbled) form. Certificate technology allows us to decrypt the information, and view it in plain text form. For more information on SSL digital certificates for web servers please see www.thawte.com/certs/server/overview.html. Thawte's Digital Certificates are recognized by IE 5.01, Netscape Communicator 4.7 and later browsers. Older browsers will still create a secure SSL connection at 40, 56 or 128 bits depending on the precise browser version. Credit Card Numbers Our system passes the credit card information through its system, but does not retain any credit card numbers on our web server. Once completed, the transaction information is stored in the database of our offline server. The entire transaction record is retained in the offline server only. Firewall Our transaction system resides behind a dedicated Firewall running Cisco hardware. This protects the Stratford Festival's transaction system and the data passing through. Private Processing Network Once we receive all required information from the patron, the transaction is processed with the banks over private digital lines, not back out over the Internet. Risk Management System Our transaction system provides many other elements of security and risk management as part of basic service including protection against fraudulent credit card number generators, redundant accidental transactions, and more.