Safety & Security

How safe is your site?

Harriet Carter Gifts, Inc has made it a policy not to retain any credit card information on HarrietCarter.com servers whatsoever. Once your order has been submitted and authorized by the appropriate credit card company, your credit card number will be redacted, showing only the last four digits so you can keep track of which card you used.

Your personal information is never at risk. When you enter the shopping cart area of our website, you will see the secure lock symbol and https in the form section of your browser. SSL is short for Secure Socket Layer, a protocol developed for transmitting private documents via the Internet. SSL works by using a private key to encrypt data that's transferred over the SSL connection. Most major Internet browsers support SSL, and most Web sites use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers. By convention, Web pages that require an SSL connection start with https: instead of http.

If you would like to see our Privacy Policy, click here.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your hard drive that help the web site keep track of pages you visited, the fact that you are logged in to your account, which items you have placed in your cart, etc. This information is used to make your shopping experience more enjoyable.

We use cookies for other information as well to gauge the effectiveness of various marketing programs and email campaigns. These cookies are only written if you choose to click on our links and expire after you place an order on HarrietCarter.com or in two weeks—whichever comes first.

Neither of these forms of cookies retains any personal information whatsoever. They only record which pages you have visited, and provide us information on how well our marketing programs are doing.

Why do I get a security warning when I check out?

This is a function of the preferences that are set on your browser. HarrietCarter.com subscribes to the highest level of security available on the Internet to protect you and your personal information. However, if you request that your browser warn you when you are leaving an unsecure section of a site (such as the product detail pages) and entering a secure section of the site (such as the checkout process or logging in to “My Account”) you will receive this warning message.

If you prefer not to see this security message, go to “Tools”, “Options” and select the tab marked “Advanced.” You can then deselect this option in your browser.

You say you don’t keep credit card info. Then why does my credit card field automatically fill in on your forms?

When a form fills in on your computer, it means that your browser is allowing your computer to “remember” specific information. Originally, this was intended to keep users from having to fill in the same information over and over again. However, in today’s world, this is a major security risk.

In Internet Explorer, Go to “Tools”, choose “Internet Options” and click on the tab labeled “Content” ON the bottom of this screen, under the subtitle “Personal Information” click on “Auto Complete”. Make sure that the check box next to Web Forms is not checked.

What is GoDaddy.com Verified & Secure and Website Protection?

Go Daddy provides more new secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificates than any other SSL provider in the world.  Having an SSL Certificate on our Web site protects information flowing to and from our site from cyber thieves intent on stealing personal data.  Names, addresses, passwords, account and credit card numbers - all are safe when submitted to a Web site with a valid SSL.  Basically SSL enables secure e-commerce and confidential communications for Web sites, intranets, and extranets.

Their mark assures that site visitors have the strongest SSL encryption Internet security available. You can find this mark on the bottom of every page.

To learn more, go to http://www.godaddy.com/

What is McAfee?

McAfee is a service that makes web sites safe from hackers and certifies it to the customers. McAfee certification helps protect you from identity theft and credit card fraud.

To learn more, go to http://www.mcafee.com/.