Is commercial site safe to subscribe to if it has secure and nonsecure items?

Posted on 2007-03-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
Hi Everyone:

       I am thinking about becoming a subscriber to a commercial website.  However, I am hesitating because of the following reason:  Whenever I select Credit Card as my preferred method of payment, I get a small window indicating the next page to appear requesting the credit card information contains both, secure and nonsecure items along with a question underneath it asking whether to display nonsecure items.  In any case, if I select Yes to display nonsecure items, the lock icon indicating a protected or encrypted page never appears at the bottom right of my screen.  In sharp contrast, if I select No to display nonsecure items, the lock icon appears at the lower right of the screen.

         At the point, I am at a crossroads in terms of what do do.  I am interested in becoming a member of this site because it was recommended to me by a friend.  However, I want to make sure it is a safe site before rendering any credit card information.

         Any suggestions regarding this post will be appreciated.  Thank you.

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The answer depends on the trustworthiness of the website.  If you are on a well known website, like Amazon, it is safe to give them your credit ccard information, even the page shows secure and non-secure info.  If the website is not known, then you need to check with the Better Business Bureau if the company is safe to do business.

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ID: 18789307

        Thank you so much for the followup.  With respect to the Better Beusiness Bureau, could you give me the steps needed to check out this company?

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war1 earned 500 total points
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Determine which state the company is working from.

Locate a BBB in the state

For example, Wisconsin has a BBB website

Then check out the company.

Author Comment

ID: 18789401
      Thank you so much for the followup information which helped me put all of this together.  It turns out the company in question has an unsatisfactory report with the BBB and also this company is not a member.  As a result of this information, I will not be doing business with them.

        Thanks again for your help.  I feel the information you provided certainly is instrumental in helping to avoid future problems I may have experienced with this company.


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