That's a great question! Web hosting accounts are incredibly powerful tools. In the wrong hands, a web hosting account can be used for fraudulent or malicious purposes. Part of our responsibilities as a reputable web hosting company involve minimizing internet related crimes. By requiring a small credit card authorization, we have verification of an applicants identity and this can have a huge impact on their ability to carry out actions of malicious intent.
If you are unsatisfied with your experience at the end of your 120 trial period and do not wish to convert to a "paid plan", we'll be happy to refund your $1 charge to the credit card on file.