Merriam Webster defines caveat emptor as "the principle that a person who buys something is responsible for making sure that it is in good condition, works properly, etc." This phrase, buyer beware, is the foundation for consumer rights and the concept of being an educated shopper. Here at SharedValues, we think getting a great deal is an integral part of being an smart consumer, so we publish coupons.
We also know that other shoppers often have insight into products that you can't find on a company's web site. That's why our users vote on our coupons and we have open discussions where our community can ask questions, share experiences, and offer advice to each other.
In addition to saving money, smart shoppers stay protected online. Widespread concerns over privacy and security on the web affect all of us and we want to make sure we make intellegent online choices. We believe in educating our users about how we keep our corner of the web secure and how to protect their own.
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We encrypt our data and your data.
That little lock symbol in your brower's URL bar means that this website is secure. The Elctronic Frontier Foundation, the self proclaimed "champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation" defines encryption types including security certificates:
A security certificate is a kind of private key used to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. A site that has access to the certificate can prove to remote systems that it has the certificate, and at the same time demonstrate that no other system without that certificate is tampering with the communication.
What this means to you is that the SharedValues team is committed to keeping the information that you share with us and the information you access on our site free from third-party spying.
We've written a series of articles teaching you how to be secure when you're online. Whether shopping, reading e-mail, or checking up on friends and family via social netowrks, we'll help you protect yourself on all your computers and mobile devices. Keep an eye on our blog for updates.