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I’m curious why no PayPal option for premium membership?  I’d like to support the forum but am uncomfortable with giving card details here not knowing how or where they are stored. 

I’d do an annual silver plan if it could be sorted. 

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Hello Slowhand,

Thank you for your enquiry. Firstly I would just like to state that The Silver Forum takes security very seriously, the Admin area is protected by a secure unique password and also requires two factor authentication to login. 

All member login pages are encrypted along with payment pages. Further, card details are not saved in the admin area or on the forum’s servers at all, they are instead encrypted and saved securely on stripes servers, so even in the event of a successful hack of the forums admin area an attacker would not be able to gain access to your card details and/or steal them.

You can choose to not save your card details at all, if you choose this then a one off payment is taken and your membership will not automatically renew. 

If you choose to save your card details (recommended especially for monthly premium membership subscriptions so membership automatically renews) then your card details are stored securely on stripes servers.

Stripe is large payment processor with a valuation of around $20 billion. Please see the info below on how card details are securely stored.

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Encryption of sensitive data and communication

All card numbers are encrypted at rest with AES-256. Decryption keys are stored on separate machines. None of Stripe’s internal servers and daemons are able to obtain plaintext card numbers; instead, they can just request that cards be sent to a service provider on a static whitelist. Stripe’s infrastructure for storing, decrypting, and transmitting card numbers runs in separate hosting infrastructure, and doesn’t share any credentials with Stripe’s primary services (API, website, etc.).

Source: https://stripe.com/docs/security/stripe

If you require any further assistance feel free to send me a private message. 

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