Thank you for visiting www.e-farmcredit.com and reviewing our Privacy and Security Policy. We recognize that your privacy and security are of great importance. Your transactions are supported by industry-standard data encryption to ensure security. On this site, we collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address, SSN) only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. We do not give, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
- Your internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com”) if you use a private Internet access account and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit; and
- If you linked to our site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.
Information Collected from Emails and Web Forms
If you complete one of our interactive forms or submit an email through www.e-farmcredit.com, your information will be used as described at the point of collection. It will be seen and used by employees of Farm Credit Mid-America, but will not be provided to a third party. If you are not comfortable providing the requested information to FCMA via emails or web forms, please contact us by calling 1-800-444-FARM or visiting our office location nearest you.
Security, Intrusion, and Detection
Data encryption – If you are using a security-enabled browser (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.1 or greater, or Netscape Navigator version 2.0 or greater), the information you provide us is encrypted, making it extremely difficult to read, even if it is wrongly intercepted. Farm Credit Mid-America’s site uses industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to allow for the encryption of potentially sensitive information such as your name and address and critically sensitive information such as your social security number or account number.
For Web site security purposes and to ensure that this site remains available to all users, traffic on the site is monitored to identify unauthorized attemps to upload or change information, or cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on www.e-farmcredit.com is strictly prohibited, and may be punishable under the law.
We offer external links to you with current business partners and other third party websites. When you visit an external link from our site, you will no longer be protected by our privacy or security practices and the data collection, use and security practices of the linked site may differ from the practices of our site. Exceptions include linking to external sites managing customer account information. With those business partners, customers’ information is protected under our privacy and security policy.
Help Protect Yourself
If you use a security-enabled browser (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.1 or greater, or Netscape Navigator version 2.0 or greater) paying attention to two browser features will decrease the chances for the unintended or fraudulent use of your personal information:
Browser security settings
Your browser security preference settings are your first line of defense to stopping the theft or unwanted viewing of confidential, personal information. The most popular browsers offer you the ability to receive an alert or notification if any of the following happen or are about to occur: For your convenience, you can contact us by e-mail or by mail. In order to help you, we will need the following information:
- changing between secure and insecure transmission modes
- receiving an invalid site identification for the site to which you are about to transmit
- sending a transmission over an “open” or unsecured connection
Check the settings of your browser security features to see all the checks that are possible and those that are currently in place.
Browser security signals
The presence of security measures surrounding the entry of data on a web page is identified in several ways for you on your browser:
- the URL identifying the page will always begin with “https://” versus the normal “http://”.
- a security symbol to indicate operation in a mode that supports secure transmissions
- A “closed lock” icon is present in the bottom right-hand corner of your Microsoft Internet Explorer browser screen
- An “unbroken key” icon appears in the lower left-hand corner of the Netscape Navigator browser screen With these security measures in place, you can also feel confident that every transaction you make at e-farmcredit.com is protected.
What is Encryption? Encryption is a process by which we use software to scramble sensitive information while it is in transit to Farm Credit Mid-America. Please take a moment to read about the steps that we have taken to help protect your information and make your online transmissions safer. We also invite you to review the steps you can take to help protect yourself further.
How Does Encryption Work? Encryption is based on a key that has two different parts. The public part and the private part. The public part of the key is distributed to those you want to communicate with. The private part is for the recipient’s use only. When you send personal information to e-farmcredit.com, you use Farm Credit Mid-America’s public key to encrypt your personal information. That means, if at any point during the transmission your information is intercepted, it is scrambled and very difficult to decrypt. Once Farm Credit Mid-America receives your encrypted personal information, we use the private part of our key to decode it.
What Kind of Encryption Software Does Farm Credit Mid-America Use? We use the industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. But we continue to keep up with the current technologies in order to provide the best security for our customers.
What Information Does Farm Credit Mid-America Encrypt? Farm Credit Mid-America encrypts all personal information you give us when you place an order online. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable providing any of this information online, please feel free to call one of our representatives at 1-800-444-FARM.
How Safe is Encryption Really? Providing encrypted information online is as safe as doing it over the phone.