We keep all of your ordering and billing information confidential, both online and offline. When you enter the online account and checkout pages, your personal information is encrypted, and stored in a secured server to protect you from fraud and identity theft.
Please note the following:
Once you check out, and your order has been accepted, the web site will send you a confirmation through your email address. This information is sent to you automatically, by the same computer server that gathers your information. Because this message is automatic, please do not reply to it.
When we have collected your personal information, we use it only for preparing and shipping that order. We also use your information if your order has problems that we need to solve. When your order has a problem, we try to connect with you over the phone or by email if we have that information. If you need to update your payment information, never do it over email. Please call us instead. Conrads will never ask you to send us an email containing account passwords or payment information.
We send free catalogs every other year. If you got a catalog in the mail, it was because you ordered from Conrads sometime in the past two years. We do not share or sell the catalog mailing list with anybody except to send catalogs to you. If you don't want Conrads to mail you a catalog, please call 1-888-443-8678.
Our website uses your email address to send you important notices about the status of your order. You are responsible for using a current email address to receive these messages. Our website will make only one attempt to send a message to your email account. Email notices about your order status that "bounce," or notices that cannot be delivered for any other reasons, cannot be sent again.
The Conrads Club is a service offered by Conrads College Gifts to our customers. Customers may sign up and receive free newsletters and exclusive offers. Your email address will be used solely to contact you with newsletters and offers and will never be sold, shared, or rented to any third parties. Should you choose to unsubscribe, your email address will be promptly removed from the list, preventing you from receiving future offers.
Please make sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book or safe sender list when you sign up for the Conrads Club. Email newsletters or offers that "bounce," or offers that cannot be delivered for any other reasons, cannot be sent again.
Recent technology news seems to be full of data breaches, identity theft, and viruses. While there are many measures that Conrads uses to keep your data confidential, there are also measures that you can take to ensure you stay safe. These suggestions will not only help you stay safe when ordering Buckeyes items online, they will also help you protect your computer and your software long after you leave our page.
- Firewall: Purchase and set up a firewall on your computer. Firewalls can help filter out bad information that hackers might try to use to get viruses onto your computer, or worse, to get personal information off your computer. Make sure you change the user name and the password on the firewall, because the factory default settings are too easy for hackers to guess. Also check your operating system for a software firewall, as it can add an extra layer of protection if it is set up properly.
- Virus Scanner: Obtain and install virus scanning software. Every computer you use to connect to the Internet can come in contact with viruses, even in places you think are "safe." There are free virus scanners available, so if you can't afford a full-featured (and sometimes costly) program, you can still get protection from viruses.
- Passwords: Use strong passwords on web sites where you order online, or where you keep any personal information or files. This includes sites like Facebook, AOL, and other pages that allow you to log in to access their services. Strong passwords use a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and are at least 7 characters long. Try making a phrase that you can easily remember, like "Go Buckeyes" and turn it into something using numbers and symbols to replace some of the letters, like "g03uC<eY#s". Please be original; do not use "g03uC<eY#s" now that we've mentioned it. Choose something meaningful to you, so you don't have to write it down, but make sure it's something that a hacker would have a hard time guessing. Also, where your personal and financial information are concerned, NEVER use the same password for more than one web site. It also helps to have more than one email address. Major email providers like Yahoo! allow you to set up disposable email addresses. The more information a hacker has to try to guess, the harder it becomes for them to break into your information.
- Updates: Learn how to update your browser, your virus scanner, your firewall, and your operating system, and the other programs you use that connect to the Internet. Most programs are able to update themselves, or have instructions telling you how to get the latest update. Patching your software and keeping programs up to date helps keep hackers from finding holes in your defenses. Also, remember to periodically update your passwords. If you ever forget a password and have it sent to you via email, log into your account, and change the password to something else as soon as possible.
- Email: If possible, set your virus scanner to scan your email. It will either warn you about bad things in attachments, or it will clean your attachments up for you, so they are safe. Avoid opening attachments that come from random looking email accounts, or that come unexpectedly. Conrads College Gifts will only send you attachments if you requested something, like a copy of your order, a forwarded email message to answer a question, or a picture of a product you wanted to see.
- Sharing a Computer: If you use a public computer (like a computer in a library, a coffee shop, or an airport) to log into a service, always log out when you are finished. The same is true for using the Internet at home, where you may have other family members sharing your computer. Periodically clear your browser's cache and its history to help prevent hackers from learning where you've been on the Internet. Don't just close a browser window to log out of a web site, look for a link you can click that says "Log Out." Some web pages keep you logged in, even if the browser is closed and re-opened. Also, check your browser's settings. Some browsers offer private browsing, and others allow you to clear out the cache and the history just by closing the browser window. These measures will help keep your information away from prying eyes, and from other users who might not observe these guidelines.
- Other Accounts: Always keep a close eye on your banking and financial statements, regardless of whether you check online or receive statements in the mail. Look for sudden changes, such as fees or charges you don't remember. By keeping your books balanced, you can usually spot small banking errors, and bigger problems also.
- Mobile and Wireless Devices: Your tablet or smartphone devices are computers too, so make sure you keep their software updated. When you're connecting to secure pages, avoid doing it over wi-fi, especially free public wi-fi. If you're using your wi-fi at home, make sure your wi-fi router settings aren't set to factory defaults or settings that are easy for hackers to guess.
By following these guidelines, you can help keep your computer and your information safe, and help prevent viruses from spreading. The more each computer user does to protect himself or herself, the fewer chances a hacker or a virus has to cause trouble.