How to prevent Paypal account from getting Hacked and what do is if it gets hacked ?


In order to keep your Paypal account safe, you need to follow certain precautions that will be explained in this post. Even, if your account gets hacked, you should deal with the matter proactively by reporting this to the paypal team. Let us now discuss the causes of Paypal account getting hacked, what to do if it gets hacked and the methods to keep the Paypal account safe from hackers.

If you use Paypal to receive money for your services, the last thing you want is the account getting hacked by a hacker. Though the incidents of a Paypal account getting hacked is not much common, it has occurred in the past and it can happen to you too. In order to keep your Paypal account safe, you need to follow certain precautions that will be explained in this post.




Even, if your account gets hacked, you should deal with the matter proactively by reporting this to the paypal team. Let us now discuss the causes of Paypal account getting hacked, what to do if it gets hacked and the methods to keep the Paypal account safe from hackers.

Why was my Paypal account hacked?


We all know that Paypal is the most commonly used payment processor to receive and send money online. Thus if someone is able to hack a paypal account, it is obvious that he also gets control over funds present in an account. Now, since the hackers target the paypal accounts randomly, it can be anyone including you and me.

How is a Paypal account Hacked?


The hackers make use for different methods to hack a Paypal account. We can say that hackers have evolved with time and have thus developed better ways to hack a Paypal account. Some of the commonly used methods by hackers to hack a Paypal account are:

1)By making use of a keylogger: In this process, a keylogger is installed through an email in your pc. Thereafter, whatever words you type with the keybord is visible to the sender of the email. This also includes the usernames and passwords used for logging in on different websites including paypal. Once he gets this information, he can easily login into your paypal account and can change the details or withdraw all the money.

2)By making you click on a phishing link: In this technique the hacker makes you click on a phishing link (fake link), that provides secret log in information to the hacker.

3)By making use of fake websites: In this technique, fake websites are created that ask for both the paypal username and password. Once you enter both the things, your account becomes vulnerable to getting hacked.

How to avoid Paypal account from getting hacked?


There are a number of precautions that can help you fight against the hackers. Firstly, you should not open any junk mail in your inbox as it may contain a keylogger.

Thereafter, you should also install an updated antivirus in your system to report phishing links. You should also avoid entering your details on new websites. You should also keep changing your paypal password every 4-5 months and should always keep it very strong. A strong password is the one which uses a combination of numbers, characters and symbols.

What to do if your paypal account has got hacked ?


In case, your account gets hacked even after taking all the precautions, you should immediately contact the paypal team by phone. You should ask them to lock the account.



Thereafter check your pc if there is any keylogger present and remove it. Once this process is done, you can change the password and use your Paypal account safely.


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Comments

Guest Author: Christy04 Jul 2012

Does Paypal account too hacking?

Guest Author: Pretty10 Jul 2012

Nowadays everything hacking including Paypal, no one sure which site will server down or hacking. Must be very careful on this.