Our Commitment to Your Security and Privacy
The First American Corporation, founded in 1889, is the leading
provider of real estate-related financial services. First American
is committed to offering an online environment that adheres to
industry-standard security and privacy practices. We use the latest
technologies and partner with third-party security companies to
provide our customers the most secure computing environment possible.
FASTWeb's order environment features several of the most widely
accepted and endorsed security methods to ensure that transactions,
ordering and fulfillment are safe and that all exchanges of information
The primary measures of security employed within the FASTWeb
environment are the use of SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption
and third-party firewall filtering technologies. In addition,
every session by a FASTWeb customer requires a unique user name
and password before access to the system is permitted. Finally,
ICSA (International Computer Security Association) certification
requires that we constantly monitor the FASTWeb system in accordance
with our security policy and management practices.
- Netscape's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the standard
technology for secure, Web-based communications. All traffic
between FASTWeb customers and the Web server is encrypted with
a unique "session key." SSL is built into server hardware, and
requires a "digital ID" in order to be functional. These layers
of protection virtually guarantee that unauthorized parties
cannot view information. With SSL and this digital ID in place,
the FASTWeb site protects communications between the Web server
and a FASTWeb user.
- Firewall filtering is a set of related programs that
protect the resources of a private network from users from other
networks. The firewall acts as a defense barrier between the
FASTWeb server and the Internet, granting access and information
only to those who are authorized to do so.
- Password ProtectionIn addition to these measures,
each transaction is password-protected as an integral part of
FASTWeb membership. A private password works in conjunction
with a unique username the same way that an ATM password protects
your card from unauthorized use. Online transactions within
the FASTWeb environment can only be performed by users with
legitimate usernames and passwords.
First American is committed to protecting our corporate information
resources and to safeguarding our customers' data. As a VeriSign
customer, we are affirming our confidence in the ability to be
safe and secure as we do business on the Internet.
The measures implemented in the FASTWeb environment are the most
current and the most widely endorsed methods of security in the
computer industry today. With these methods in place and with
continued monitoring of security issues, FASTWeb customers can
be assured of the privacy, security and integrity of their online
transactions within the FASTWeb environment.