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Using secure (SSL) connections at Snip

Your privacy and security is of the highest concern to us at Snip. To ensure the confidentiality of your information, we have made Snip fully SSL-aware.

What is SSL?

Without excessive technical jargon, SSL is a method designed by Netscape to transmit encrypted information over the Internet. It ensures that information remains private and arrives without error. There are different versions. Snip uses the one with a 256-bit key. This version is the industry standard; even banks and other financial institutions use it to transfer data across the Internet.

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL Certificate is a file which ensures that a website or computer and the people behind are who they say they are and that they are reputable. This file is issued by a company called the Certificate Authority which guarantees that it has checked the site or people and deems them trustworthy. When your web browser verifies a certificate, you can be sure that you are connected to the right website or computer and have not been tricked. In most browsers you can verify a certificate simply by double clicking on a () padlock icon in the status bar. Snip's SSL Certificate was issued by AlphaSSL.

How does Snip use SSL?

Snip uses SSL in two ways.

1. For communications between the user and Snip web pages.
You can use SSL while browsing Snip at You will need to use a 256-bit SSL key-enabled web browser. Most modern browsers fit this requirement.

2. For communications between Snip server and auction services' servers
You can set Snip to use SSL protocol while signing you in onto the auction service. For your convenience, all the login information you register with Snip is transmitted to auction servers in encrypted form.

Are there any negatives to using SSL?

Encryption requires an additional program's layer at the both sides of the connection. This additional layer provides an additional opportunity for something to go wrong. Additionally, encrypted connections cause more network load. This means that shots made via SSL protocol may be slower and more error prone than shots using standard security. Please keep this in mind when choosing your bid method.

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