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About doll sales sites
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:42:18 AM »
I received a PM that has some good information on it from  Inyayl :

Hello,

I realize I'm very new to this site, but I found very interesting the post/link to Scam Sites (http://ourdollcommunity.com/forum/index.php?topic=4002.0), and as a newcomer, I certainly appreciate such information.

Perhaps, however, you would allow me to add a post at that page regarding website security in general.

This is what I would like to have posted:

"Knowing that the site from which you're about to purchase that doll is a reputable and "certified" dealer for that doll is all-important.  However, I would suggest that there may be other things to consider when making online purchases for dolls, specifically, as well as anything else.

The first thing is to realize that the security-related badge and/or "Seal of Approval" that websites displays may be nothing more than a copied 'n pasted graphic.  For more about this, I recommend to you this link (https://www.howtogeek.com/199240/all-those-seals-of-approval-on-websites-dont-really-mean-anything/) at How-to Geek.com.  It's a good read and provides information that may help you either avoid a website or confirm that it is legitimate.

Given the information at this link, as good as it is, I personally go a step further, especially if I'm at a site that is new to me and one from which I'm planning on making a purchase.

There are two online tools/websites that I use to help me confirm that not only is my connection to the site a SSL (https://), or secure, connection, but I confirm that the website's SSL certificate is still valid and configured correctly.

Using Firefox makes this easy for me, but the tools/websites that I use to do this are reachable with any browser:  https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ and https://www.sslshopper.com/ssl-checker.html.  When given the address of a given website, these websites will analyze the webpage’s SSL certificate and provide a rating so that you'll know that the given website is providing you a secure financial transaction, or not, as the case may be.

As an example, https://www.craftfantasy.com checked out fine at SSL Checker and then was given a grade of "A" at SSL Labs; both good outcomes.

I note a couple of other things on this topic.  First, be sure to conduct the tests of the SSL certificates on any and all pages in which you're inputting personal/financial information, and not on, say, the home page or the "gallery" page.  Second, even of both the "Seal of Approval" issue and the tests on the SSL certificates check out, that's no guarantee that there won't be issues with the website or the product you're purchasing.  However, I consider these two acts to be a huge step forward in ensuring a secure and private transaction with that website.

Finally, this information may be “old news” to some, but I’m supposing that there might be a few who were not aware.

Thank you."