Is my application information safe on the Internet?

Is my application information safe on the Internet?

Yes. Your application is safe on the Internet. FAFSA on the Web, in conjunction with the supported browser, uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to establish a secure session between the browser and the FAFSA on the Web server. All information passed by you to the FAFSA on the Web server will be scrambled through a process called encryption.

Three levels of encryption can be used with this site: 40-bit, 56-bit, and 128-bit encryption. To secure the privacy of your application, we recommend you use the domestic version of the browser (56-bit and 128-bit encryption), which has enhanced encryption features. Current laws and regulations allow only U.S. and Canadian citizens to use 128-bit encryption.

For added security, close the browser completely when you are finished using FAFSA on the Web. While online, the browser is using part of the computer's memory. If the browser is left open, it may be possible for someone to go back and use this memory to access your information. When you close the browser, the memory it used is cleared.

To close the browser in Windows, select File from the menu bar and choose Exit.

To close the browser in Mac OS X, select the browser name (e.g., Safari) from the menu bar and choose Quit.

You may also want to consider clearing the browser's temporary files. The browser's cache stores the contents of all the Web pages visited during a session.

To safeguard your information and prevent another user from viewing what was entered, you should clear the cache memory after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

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