Security and privacy
The data entered via your pc into the Envirometer are sent over the internet to the Envirometer server of Stimular. Once received, they are stored in a database. Stimular ensures that working with the Envirometer is secure by taking the following measures:
- As soon as you access the login page of the Envirometer, a secure connection is made (see below).
- The database in which your data are stored, is itself secured against unwanted copying or reading.
- The connection is severed (and you are logged out) if you have not used the connection for more than 15 minutes.
We cannot guarantee the security of your pc. We can, however, give you some tips on working securely.
What is a secure connection?
If you login at https://www.milieubarometer.nl, a secure connection is made between the Envirometer and your computer. In order to make this secure connection, a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is used. This is a security technology that ensures that all data exchanged between your computer and the Envirometer server are encrypted. As a result, the data exchanged are only recognized by the computer you are working on at that time and by the Envirometer server at Stimular’s. As soon as the SSL connection is made, your browser will show the picture of a closed padlock.
How can I check whether a connection is secure?
Click on the icon of the ‘closed padlock’ or the ‘key’ in your browser. The data of the secure connection are shown. Check whether the following address is showing: https://www.milieubarometer.nl. Check whether this same address is showing in your browser bar. If the address is not the same, do not place your orders; a secure connection with the Envirometer has not been established.
Handle your passwords with care!
According to experts, the user himself presents the biggest security risk to any system! Some tips:
- Your password is strictly confidential. Handle it with care!
- If you invite someone else to help you entering the data or to look at the results, as the primary user you can grant them their own login with restricted or unrestricted rights.
- Use the ‘log out’ button to log out. This is the direct way to log out.
Use the latest versions of your internet browser, operating system and virus scanner!
Check regularly whether you are using the latest versions of your internet browser and operating system:
- Later versions of internet browsers are usually better secured than older versions.
- New operating systems are more secure. Keep them up-to-date with the free updates and patches.
- Make sure that your virus scanner is regularly refreshed.
- Run anti-spyware software. Some spyware programs are able to pass on information about the keys you strike on your computer. This allows others to retrieve your login data and passwords.