When you sign up for a Plus Edition subscription to this newsletter, your credit card information is never stored on the eogn.com servers. In short, I don't want the security headaches of storing your credit card information. The easiest way to avoid those headaches is to not store that data.
When you subscribe or when you renew an existing subscription, you are taken to a PayPal web page that is fully secure. An SSL connection is used. (You will notice that the padlock icon shown as closed in your web browser.) You can safely enter your credit card information.
The web server then places a (secure) query to the bank that issued your credit card that asks, in effect, "Will you pay for this charge?" If the bank replies "Yes," the subscription is completed. If the bank replies "No," an error message is shown to you.
Regardless if the reply is Yes or No, your credit card information is never stored on the eogn.com servers and is never visible to me. I never see your credit card numbers and, to be blunt, I don't want to see those numbers. I have no need to see them. All I need from the process is a notice that a new subscription is now in effect and the name and email address of the subscriber.
When you renew next year, you will again be asked for your current credit card information. Since I don’t store your credit card information, I cannot renew your subscription automatically. Although I probably would make more money if I did, I don’t like companies that do this to me, so I won’t do it to you. Your information is not stored and no unexpected charge is ever placed against your credit card. Don't you wish all companies did the same?
If you use an eCheck to pay for the subscription, the process is slightly different but one thing remains the same: your financial information is never stored on the eogn.com servers and is never visible to me.
If you send a check through the mail, the process is much more risky. Thousands of checks get stolen from the postal service every month. If your check is stolen and cashed, you lose the money. That never happens when using credit cards online.
Any questions? If so, please feel free to contact me.