Protecting Your Social Security Number on PayPal
Are you concerned about the security of your PayPal account and personal information? With so many data breaches and cyber attacks happening each day, it’s essential that steps be taken to protect yourself from further breeches or attacks. One of the first and most essential steps is securing your Social Security number (SSN), as this number is frequently used as verification by financial institutions. In this article, we’ll look at how hackers are exploiting PayPal security measures to gain entry to your SSN and what steps can be taken to stop it.
Hackers Exploiting PayPal Security Measures
PayPal is one of the world’s most widely-used payment platforms with more than 300 million registered accounts worldwide. Hackers could potentially breach its defenses in order to access it and steal sensitive data such as your SSN. Due to PayPal’s popularity, cyber criminals use various techniques to gain entry to accounts – such as phishing scams, malware infection and social engineering. Once they gain access to your PayPal account, hackers can gain access to all your personal data – including Social Security Number (SSN).
A common tactic used by hackers to bypass PayPal’s security measures is social engineering. They could contact or email you pretending to be from PayPal support and ask for your SSN or other personal details. Hackers often employ phishing scams as another means to bypass PayPal’s security measures and gain entry. An attacker could create a fake website that mimics PayPal and convince you to enter your login credentials on it. Once they gain entry to your account through your username and password, hackers can gain entry to it and gather your personal data.
Protecting Yourself on PayPal
Now that we understand how hackers can breach PayPal’s security measures, let’s discuss ways you can protect yourself – here are a few suggestions:
- No one, including PayPal support, should ever request your Social Security Number over the phone or through email.
- Use strong and unique passwords across all your online accounts (including PayPal) in order to protect against identity theft and protect personal data.
- Do not share or reuse passwords across accounts such as Paypal. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your PayPal account for added protection by requiring an additional code, in addition to your username and password.
- Be wary of phishing scams by checking URL before entering login credentials on any site. Make sure it is an authorized PayPal website.
- Ensure both your computer and mobile device have up-to-date security patches and antivirus software installed.
Keeping your SSN secure on PayPal is key to protecting yourself against identity theft and financial fraud. Hackers have discovered ways to bypass PayPal’s security measures through social engineering, phishing scams and other means. To protect yourself and enjoy PayPal without risking your personal information, avoid sharing your Social Security Number (SSN), use strong passwords, enable two-factor authentication (2FA), watch out for phishing scams and keep devices secure – these steps should help ensure a better experience when using PayPal without jeopardizing personal security (refer).
Note: For more information about phishing scams, visit the FTC website (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security)