Because SmarterSelect's program runs entirely in your browser, we can focus all our attention on making sure that your browser session is secure as possible. SmarterSelect uses top-of-the-line Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to ensure that your session is as secure as possible. SSL technology works by creating a "secret handshake" between your computer and our servers, but it doesn't stop there. It also checks at different points during the handshake to make sure that everything matches up the way that it's supposed to and that all communications between your portal and the servers are legitimate and secure.
You can verify that SSL technology is active by the use of https:// at the beginning of our URL during your session, as well as by the SSL Certificate, found at the bottom of every page.
For more information about the security offered by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, please refer to the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer#Security
Our servers are hosted by Rackspace, a leading provider of cloud computing solutions. The servers are located in their secure and reliable facilities. For information regarding the Rackspace servers, please go to http://www.rackspace.com/security/ . Additionally, our servers run on Apache web server software. This is the leading open source web server software in the world with global support for security fixes.
Data files, such as transcripts, are stored using Cloud Files from Rackspace. As files are uploaded and downloaded the information is encrypted via https. And, files are stored on three separate disks for enhanced availability. Additional information regarding Cloud Files can be found at http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/files/technology/ .