Security tips

While most people who use Thebe have great success when buying, selling or connecting with others, we are aware there could be people who try to scam or defraud our users. Your safety is important to us and we believe that you can stay safe by following a few simple tips:

- Meet locally in a safe, public place to complete the transaction.
- Inspect the item before paying.
- Accept only cash – for large transactions meet in a bank.
- When sending an item through the mail, make sure that the payment you received has cleared; call your bank to make sure.
- Avoid offers that come from outside the country.
- Remember to use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Thebe doesn't offer any sort of buyer protection or payment programs. If you are unsure about a transaction, trust your personal instincts!


How secure is the stuff behind the website?

We like to think is very secure. We test our systems daily and make sure they are always up to date and safe. We check our server logs a few times an hour to catch malicious users/activity before they become a threat. We also have AVG Threat Labs watch our site for malicious code around the clock so you can move around Thebe without worries! See how we score over here.


And what about my connection to the site?

Your connection to is encrypted and secured using TLS 1.2 and 128-bit encryption. The connection is encrypted and authenticated using AES_128_GCM and uses ECDHE_RSA as the key exchange mechanism. All passwords are also stored with an encryption in our database!

But then again, don't just take our word for it, test it yourself


Update 08-04-2014 - Today security experts from all over the world announced a dangerous security leak in SSL connections to servers:

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

No worries, the Thebe Advertiser was not affected by this as we run daily security updates to keep you safe!

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