Government Of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Government)
provides Internet services by which people may transact business with Government
on-line. Outlined below are the security measures we have taken to protect
customer information, including credit card data.
Internet Security Statement
This website uses an encryption method known as SSL (Secure
Sockets Layer), the industry standard security protocol. Encryption is the
process of scrambling data into an unreadable format that is more secure for
transmission over the Internet. SSL first verifies the identity of the secure
site with an electronic certificate. It then provides a secure connection to
prevent information from interception and misuse. In short, information is
encrypted at the originating computer and is not de-encrypted until it reaches
To enable confidentiality and security, Government will
not conduct a transaction with a customer unless their Internet browser (such as
Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) has at least a 128-bit level
of encryption. To determine the level of encryption that your browser has, see
the section below called "Determining Your Encryption Level".
As a further precaution, once a transaction request is
received by Government, customer information is maintained on a segregated
server, protected by a firewall. Credit card information will not be stored
anywhere at the Government's website. Firewalls use features to protect the
server from external security threats. Therefore, Government also has a high
level of confidence in the security of information actually received by
Government and stored behind the firewall.
Government performs regular security assessments on its websites to keep
security policies current. Government will upgrade its computer environment as
necessary to keep pace with emerging
Although unlikely, it is technically
possible that encrypted data sent over the Internet can be accessed.
Consequently, Government cannot warrant that credit card or other customer
information sent over the World Wide Web will be free of unauthorized
interception. Therefore, Government shall not be liable for any losses incurred
due to unauthorized interception of credit card numbers or other customer
Determining your Encryption Level
Netscape and Microsoft browsers are equipped with the
capacity to send and receive encrypted information over a secure Internet link.
Government enforces 128-bit encryption, the highest level of encryption
available today. You can check your browser's level of encryption by following
the steps below. This process may vary depending on the version of browser you
Netscape Communicator/Navigator Click the
Security button and then click Open Page Info. Security information is in
the bottom half of the Document info window.
Internet Explorer Click the Help and then
About Internet Explorer.
Confirmation that your computer is communicating with a server in secure mode
When accessing a
server which uses SSL, a browser in secure mode will display a netsite address
beginning "https://", rather than the standard "http://". The "s" stands for
"secure." Most browsers in secure mode also display a blue line along the top of
the browser window. In Netscape Navigator (versions 3.0 and earlier), the broken
key symbol in the lower left corner of your browser window will become a solid
key in secure mode. If you're using Netscape Communicator 4.0, look for the
padlock in the same space: it's open in standard mode and closed in secure mode.
In Microsoft's Internet Explorer®, you'll see a padlock symbol at the bottom of
your browser window when the browser is in secure mode.