The following describes the security measures we take to protect your information on the Internet:
Basic encryption involves the transmission of data from one party to another. The sender encodes the data by scrambling it, then sends it on. The receiver must decode the data with the correct "decoder" in order to read and use it.
The effectiveness (or level of security) for encryption is measured in terms of how long the key is - the longer the key, the longer it would take for someone without the correct "decoder" to break the code. This is measured in bits, e.g. 40-bit encryption, the level of encryption used with many ordinary browsers, versus the level of encryption recommended to use Account Online. For a 40-bit key, there are 240 possible combinations. For a 128-bit key, there are 2128 possible combinations.
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