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Should I quit using Paypal altogether?


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I read something while perusing the malware sections of this website and maybe reading up on "Right Media," that one spyware I can't seem to get rid of for more then 5 minutes, and ran across a post that said that Paypal was a problem when it comes to security.

I just want to double-check before I quit using Paypal as that has been a very convenient way to pay for items online. In fact I was thinking about switching to having NO bank card or credit card (because of identity theft, etc.) and just using Paypal online.

What is the best way to keep it simple when buying things online? Should I really just go back to snail mail and sending checks?

Thanks in advance for your help in this!

Michele
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Can you find the post that said Paypal was a problem? They have been a big phishing target for years, but as long as you don't click on links from emails pretending to be from Paypal, I think you should be safe. I did a quick Google search on Paypal and security, and I found one article from several years ago about a security exploit, and the rest of the articles were primarily about the steps Paypal continues to take to protect its customers from fraud. Paypay offers something called a Security Key, which generates a new security code every 30 seconds. You might want to consider that. To be honest, I don't like the idea of mailing checks - if someone steals the mail, they have access to your name, address, checking account number, etc.
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Thanks for your answer!

Sorry, it's too early in the morning for my memory to have kicked in. I may never remember where I read that about Paypal. I thought it was here but possibly I read it elsewhere this morning.

Cheers, Michele
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checking acouunt number, etc.

...not to b e a thread jacker but....sari misspelled something!
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That's okay - I was just curious what may have been said. It's obviously in Paypal's best interest to constantly hone their security measures to protect us, since their primary purpose is to handle payments - I would say the lack of negative news about them proves they're doing their job successfully.
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checking acouunt number, etc.

...not to b e a thread jacker but....sari misspelled something!


Lies!
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Sari: Thanks again for your responses. I had always trusted Paypal and feel so much better feeling I can continue to trust them! :) :)

And you can misspell in my thread anytime. :)
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