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« on: August 17, 2006 08:47:16 PM »

hi , i am wondering is it possible for people to hack into your accounts or security information through using paypal? any stories about it?

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006 09:07:05 PM »

Well of course it's possible. If you're not careful. Or if they're very determined. There's plenty of those spoofers around that try to trick you into giving them your information. The usual rules apply though. Don't log into your account through e-mail links. And change your password from time to time, making sure to have letters and numbers in there and nothing obvious.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006 01:57:32 AM »

Well, I read a lot of hacking sites, and try to hack my own stuff all the time (how better to test your wireless network than to try to hack it?) and I have yet to see paypal someones target, either as a success or failure.

As long as you are careful to never follow a link from an email, you're fine. ALWAYS type the URL into your browser (www.paypal.com) and phishers will have a very hard time getting your info.

Just follow basic security - use a firewall, use a virus scanner, Ad-Aware and Spybot. (the last two are easily found on google. TrendMicro [also googleable] has a free online scanner. Windows XP sp2 has a built in firewall.) Also keep your operating system up to date (windows update for example). The black-hat hackers will try al sorts of things to get your info, but very basic security will protect you.


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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2006 10:49:03 AM »

Just make sure if you are using "BUY NOW" buttons that you use the encrypted version or someone can change the price and buy them at the different rate, etc.

I haven't had any security issues or otherwise and I've been using paypal for years.

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