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Your security
 
The recommend web browser for accessing SAR Online is Internet Explorer 11.0.

You must ensure that you keep your browser software up to date with any critical updates that may be issued by the supplier of the software.

This will protect the security of your submissions, and may also resolve problems using this and other web sites.

You should also ensure that you use up-to-date virus protection, firewall and anti-spyware software, to ensure that your computer is not revealing the information to a hacker as you type it.

The website will never employ pop-ups. If your browser offers to save passwords for you, you should ensure that the computer you are using will not be accessible to malicious users.

Never write your password down or store it in plain text on your computer. The website provides the ability to receive a password hint or completely reset the password if you enter it incorrectly.
 
Email Policy
 
Most attacks are aimed at people, not computers. To help you avoid these, we have implemented the following policies.

Emails sent from this site will contain the minimum information necessary. They will be sent in plain text, without attachments or links. If you receive an email purporting to be from this website, which asks you to click links, open attachments or otherwise reveal your personal information then you should delete that email immediately.

The only emails you should expect to receive are:

  • An activation code, on registration, nomination or when you reset your password.
  • A password hint, if you have requested it.
  • A confirmation email, when you submit a report.
Technical Details
 
There is no requirement to accept persistent cookies, run Java or enable Active X scripting to use this site.

A session cookie will be required, to support the security of the session, but this will be deleted when you log out from the site. If JavaScript is enabled then the site will employ slightly more advanced controls, but these are not essential.

You should ensure that the address displayed in the browser header starts “https:” not “http:” This also confirms that you are on a secure website, and your information cannot be intercepted.

The website employs a minimum of 128-bit security. Every page where you are asked to enter data must show a padlock symbol on the browser. Clicking on this symbol will confirm that you are running 128-bit security, and will also display our certificate, confirming our identity. Users of older browser versions may need specific updates to enable this level of security to be available.

The website is constantly monitored to protect your information and the site itself. We reserve the right to terminate connections or remove data which we regard as inappropriate or dangerous.
 
Printing
 
By default many browsers are set up so they do not print the background colours and images of a web page. If you would like your printed copies to look exactly as they do on screen you may need to change your settings. For example, in Internet Explorer select "Tools...Internet Options...Advanced", find the Printing section then check "Print background colors and images".
 

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