Last updated: March 30, 2012
While no data transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, LendingTree understands your concerns with the safety of your personal information. The following is a summary of the measures LendingTree takes to protect your information and descriptions of ways we implement these measures for different types of information you may provide to us.
Secure Web Pages and Encryption
Those pages on the Websites that ask for your personal financial information are delivered to your browser through HTTPS, a secure server communications layer. Transmission between your browser and our web server, including when you send your personal financial information to us, is implemented using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. SSL encrypts it, making the information unreadable by anyone except LendingTree. SSL does not allow anyone to intercept and read your personal information; only we can decode the encryption. This technology requires any modern web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Opera. You can verify that your communications with LendingTree are secure by checking for the key or lock icon on your browser. If your browser’s security feature has been turned on, a pop up box will notify you when you enter a secure page.
Extended Validation SSL Certificates give high-security Web browsers information to clearly identify a Web site’s organizational identity. As people use the Web for commerce, business, and social activities, they share personal and confidential information. High profile incidents of fraud and phishing scams have made Internet users very concerned about identity theft. Before they enter sensitive data, they want proof that the Web site can be trusted and their information will be encrypted. Without it, they may abandon their transaction and do business elsewhere. High security browsers and Extended Validation SSL Certificates provide third-party verification with a visual display (Green address bar) that gives consumers confidence and builds trust in LendingTree. An Extended Validation SSL Certificate helps our web visitors complete secure transactions with confidence and puts our organization in a leadership position.
Another important information security measure in place throughout the Websites is the timeout feature. This feature will log you out if there has been no activity within a specified amount of time.
Firewalls are special purpose devices that protect and screen-out malicious attempts to access information and networks. LendingTree deploys firewalls at several points in its environment, including between you and the webserver, the database servers, and LendingTree’s internal production networks.
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