a. General Visitors to our Site. ASI collects information voluntarily provided from our Visitors through our website. However, we do not require Visitors to submit personal information to obtain general access to our website. Information that is collected is used in the aggregate to improve our services and to better serve client's software needs by providing ASI with valuable information about interests in our products and services. Certain pages of ASI's website contain forms that allow a Visitor to request information about our services and solutions. In completing a form, you may be required to provide contact information, such as name, phone number and email address. Please note that any information submitted implies consent for use of the information, and ASI may use the information from these forms to respond to requests and send information requested. ASI will not rent, sell or disclose the information collected, including email addresses, to third parties. If you elect to subscribe to our services, you will be required to complete a Subscription and Use Agreement. We ask for your credit card and billing information. Billing information is used to verify your credit card information.
b. Clients Use of our Site. Upon completing the subscription enrollment process, you will have access to ASI's investment management tools as a client. Use of the tools may involve the submission on non-public, personal information. We protect such information by placing it on the secure portion of our dedicated servers. That's why you have to enter a unique user name and password each time you want to access your information. Your Password should never be shared with anyone.
When our system asks you to enter non-public, personal information, that information is protected with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, with a minimum of 128-bit encryption, which is the industry standard for secure data transfer software. Its proven protection is among the best software available today for secure online commerce transactions. This technology scrambles your personal information as it moves between your computer's browser and ASI's computer systems. SSL is used by most websites, including online banking sites and other consumer retail sites to protect your information. While you are on a secure page, the padlock icon is visible in your browser and is shown as locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just 'surfing'.
Our site is hosted at a secure, offsite facility that provides server security, physical security, and network security. These include certified Cisco firewalls, dedicated intrusion detection systems, and 24/7 monitoring. Data you send us are stored securely on-site and backed up daily to remote storage in compliance with industry best practices.
We do not share non-public, personal information with any third parties. However, we reserve the right to share such information with a third party, only to the extent that the participation of the third party is necessary to provide our services to you. In the event we contract with a third party to help us provide our services to you, our agreement with the third party will expressly prohibit the third party from using your nonpublic personal information for any purpose other than assisting us in providing our services to you.
Additionally, we reserve the right to disclose information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site. As stated above, we will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in any way different from what is disclosed in this statement.
Cookies are pieces of data assigned by a Web server to your browser. Cookies help websites to keep track of your preferences and to recognize return visitors. So, when you return to a website you've visited before, your browser gives this data back to the server. Cookies do not contain viruses and most cannot reveal any personally identifiable information about you unless you willingly provide it as a user on a site.
To manage our website, we may anonymously log information on our operational systems. We identify categories of visitors by items such as domains and browser types to report these statistics in the aggregate to our webmasters. We do this in an effort to present visitors the best web experience. It also is an effective information resource.