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Your Browser Setup and Security

What is software encryption?
To access the NSLDS Student Access web site, you must use a web browser that supports the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. This protocol encrypts data that is transmitted between web sites and web browsers and prevents your personal loan/grant information from being read by others on the Internet while it is being transmitted between the NSLDS Student Access web site and your web browser.  See the Browser Information/Setup page on this site for more information on supported browsers and browser requirements.

What levels of Secure Sockets Layer can I use?
There are three levels of SSL you can use:

How do I know if I have 128-bit encryption?
For Internet Explorer version 5.0 and above:

Where can I get a 128-bit browser?

What is cache?
Browsers typically save pages to your hard disk or in memory. This allows for faster access of pages that are frequently used.

If you are using Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher:

What are cookies?
Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to your computer's hard disk.  The most common use of cookies is for a web site to determine a user's personal preferences.  This is especially common in large e-commerce sites.  Some cookies are deleted after you quit the browser, and some remain between browser sessions.  In order to create a session, your browser needs to "accept cookies."  Please ensure that your browser is set to accept cookies.

How can I keep my Student Loan/Grant information secure?
To keep your information secure:

How long can I be inactive before the site automatically logs me off?
You can be inactive (you do not use your mouse or keyboard) for 15 minutes.

Why is there no link to download Netscape?
As of March 1, 2008, AOL discontinued support of the Netscape client products. For this reason, the link to download the browser has been removed from this site. If you currently are using Netscape to access NSLDS, you can continue with this browser, however, it is no longer supported.

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