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20 Tips to Stay Safe Using PayPal: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Online Fraud

by Naveen Agarwal
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As the world becomes more and more digital, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay safe. It is important that we all do our best to try to protect ourselves from online fraud – especially when using PayPal.

As a company that has been around for over 20 years, PayPal understands the importance of security and offers many tools to help you monitor your transactions and keep yourself safe. In this blog post, we will go over 20 ways you can better protect yourself while using PayPal!

1. Purchases From Reputable Sellers

PayPal purchases work with sellers who are use verified paypal and granted a featured status on the site. When using PayPal to make a purchase, you can always be assured that you’re buying from an authorized seller.

If something goes wrong or if your product is not delivered as promised by the seller, contact customer service for assistance! You’ll need to provide information such as transaction details (including email address), date of purchase/item purchased, order number/receipts, etc. Customer services provide 24/365 support 365 days per year so feel free to call them at any time day or night in case anything arises! They offer live chat support and email.

2. Check Any Unauthorized Transactions

PayPal is the only way to make sure that your credit card information and banking details are protected.

PayPal will never ask you for confidential information like a PIN or account password on an email, phone call or text message. When using PayPal for bills and purchases, it is possible to be still linked with bank accounts. This means any successful transaction may take longer than usual as payments are made from PayPal balance instead of direct from your bank account but this is usually worth waiting because if there was ever anything fraudulent happening with your PayPal account, then you’re completely covered by their Buyer Protection policy which allows refunds in case of fraudulently purchased items.

3. Set Up Two-Factor Authentication And Strong Password

To avoid becoming a victim of online fraud, enable two-factor authentication. Choose strong passwords that are different than the ones you use anywhere else; don’t share them with anyone. This is especially important if you store sensitive documents in Dropbox or Google Drive as hackers could access these accounts too by simply guessing one password! Password management apps such as Dashlane or LastPass will help generate strong passwords by making sure they’re complex and unique but also they’ll keep it safe so all your other usernames.

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1) Don’t click on links in emails or text messages that ask you to log into your PayPal account.  Type out the URL yourself to avoid malware installing and stealing your information.

2) Install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to avoid having your computer hacked by malicious software. Updating to the latest version also helps avoid those pesky messages that say Adobe Flash Player has crashed.

3) Create a strong password with numbers, letters, and symbols to help prevent someone from guessing your username or email address and gaining access to your account.

4) Always log out of PayPal when you’re finished using it to protect yourself against session hijacking, where someone pretends to be you.

5) Enable two-step verification for a stronger security layer by creating an app password and enabling login approvals, which require your phone number or email address before granting access to the account.

6) Be careful when opening unrecognized attachments from emails sent from unknown sources that could contain malicious software such as tro jans.

7) Keep your computer safe by using antivirus software, running Windows Updates and taking care not to click on links or attachments from untrustworthy sources.

8) Never enter PayPal account information into a form in an email that you didn’t initiate yourself and be wary of any emails claiming to represent PayPal but don’t come from PayPal.com

9) Review transactions on your account regularly and report any suspicious activity to PayPal as soon as possible by clicking the “report a problem” link at the top of every PayPal page.

10) When shopping online, choose sites that offer secure forms in order to avoid sending sensitive information unnecessarily. The little lock icon displayed in front of the URL for a website indicates that the site is secure.

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11) Be sure to keep your PayPal account information private and don’t share it with anyone other than those you trust, such as family or friends.

12) If something doesn’t feel right when using PayPal, contact PayPal customer support by clicking “contact” at the bottom of any PayPal page.

13) Review your transactions regularly and report any suspicious activity to PayPal as soon as possible by clicking the “report a problem” link at the top of every PayPal page.

14) When shopping online, choose sites that offer secure forms in order to avoid sending sensitive information unnecessarily. The little lock icon displayed in front of the URL indicates that your information will be encrypted and protected when using PayPal.

15) To avoid becoming a victim of online fraud, you should cease all communication with the scammer and never send any money to anyone who contacts you on Paypal in this way.

16) If someone registers an account under your email address without permission, contact PayPal customer service immediately so they can remove this account.

17) Avoid sharing your PayPal password with anyone else, and change it at least once a year to ensure that you’ve got the latest security updates.

18) Take caution when clicking on links in emails or social media posts which direct you to sites for completing online transactions. Often times these are fraudulent and a new way of collecting your PayPal username and password.

19) Avoid clicking on ads or links in emails that direct you to sites for completing online transactions. Often times these are fraudulent

20) If an email from PayPal looks suspicious, take the time to call them at +14156662436 instead of replying via email. This way, PayPal can put the account on ‘limited access’ and will be able to investigate more thoroughly.

Conclusion:

Online fraud, scams, and identity theft are all too common in today’s world. Following these nine easy steps will help you stay safe and protect your information from cybercriminals. If you use PayPal for your online purchases, make sure that the seller is reputable by checking their feedback score or reviews before making your purchase decision.

You should also set up two-factor authentication on your account with strong passwords and install Adobe Flash Player to protect against malicious software threats like ransomware.

Make sure you have updated antivirus software installed on any device that connects to the internet as well as avoiding clicking links sent via email or text messages when possible so they don’t lead you into malware traps designed specifically for unsuspecting victims (like yourself).

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