Hostelworld.com has been processing online hostel reservations since 1999 and we have always placed the security of our internet transactions and our customers credit card details as our top priority.
We will continue to offer our customers the highest level of security available for online transactions and hope this reassures you when you make your reservations with us.
All sensitive information exchanged between your computer and our site is encrypted using SSL. Our SSL Certificate is provided by GlobalSign. This ensures that your information is transmitted securely and is safe from third parties. Please read on for more information on site encryption.
Hostelworld.com utilizes a technology called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). SSL is a set of rules followed by computers connected to the Internet.
Encryption - These rules include encryption, which guards against eavesdropping
Data Integrity - Data integrity, which ensures that your communications are not tampered with during transmission and
Authentication - authentication, which verifies that the party who receives your communication are who they claim to be.
There are two levels of encryption: 40-bit and 128-bit. With 40-bit encryption, there are billions of possible keys to decipher the coded information, and only one of them works. Someone intercepting the information would have to find the right key - a nearly impossible task. With 128-bit encryption, there are 300 billion trillion times as many keys as with 40-bit encryption. It is virtually impossible for an unauthorized party to find the right key, even if they are equipped with the best computers.
If you're about to send information to a site that's not using SSL, your browser will warn you first. SSL protects your communications during transmission. Because of the authentication involved, secure servers are slower than the regular server for delivering files. Therefore SSL is only used when transmitting sensitive information across the web.
Hostelworld.com realises some people are unsure about entering their personal details into websites over the Internet. Below, we explain how we use your information and how we protect your privacy. Hostelworld.com and its associated companies respect and protect your right to privacy in relation to your interactions with this website. Any information which is provided by you to Hostelworld.com via this website or otherwise will be treated in accordance with the terms of the Irish Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 and/or such amending or replacement legislation as may be adopted in Ireland from time to time.
For us to process a booking for you on behalf of a travel services provider, we require some information from you. This includes your name, nationality, your gender (or the gender of the group you are in), your phone number and email address. Also, since we confirm your booking while you are on the site, we require your credit or debit card details so we can guarantee your beds when you pay your deposit.
All sensitive information exchanged between your computer and our site is encrypted using SSL. Our SSL Cert. is provided by GlobalSign. This ensures that your information is transmitted securely and is safe from third parties.
You should be aware that where you link to another website from this website, that Hostelworld.com has no control over that other website. Accordingly, Hostelworld.com cannot guarantee that the controller of that web site will respect your privacy in the same manner as Hostelworld.com.
When you make a booking with Hostelworld.com a MyWorld account will automatically be created for you. MyWorld is a travel social network that allows you to view, change or cancel your bookings, connect with other travellers, leave reviews, upload photos, share travel tips and plan future trips.After making your first booking with Hostelworld.com you will receive details of your MyWorld username and password. You can change your username, password and personal details at any time by logging into your account. Your profile settings in your MyWorld account will automatically default to Private. You can modify this profile setting at any time by logging into your account. There are three types of profile settings available in MyWorld: Private Access (your profile cannot be viewed by anyone), Public Access (your profile can be viewed by everyone) or Buddy Access (your profile can only be viewed by your MyWorld travel buddies). Where you have applied ‘Public Access’ or ‘Buddy Access’ to your MyWorld account, any reviews that you submit will show your username. Where you have applied ‘Private Access’ settings to your MyWorld account, any reviews that you submit will appear as anonymous.
We offer you the opportunity to post reviews of the accommodation you book through our site. Where you provide us with a review, we may include your review on our websites and on selected partner sites.
You have the right to request a copy of the information which we hold about you (for which we may charge you a small fee) and to have inaccuracies in the information corrected. If you wish to avail of any of these rights, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org