PayPal is a tool that manages your financial information when you shop or transfer money online, so you don't have to give it to every website that requires you to pay money for something. While this increases your online security and privacy a bit, it still makes you vulnerable if your PayPal account itself isn't well protected. If you need to give your PayPal account a stronger password -- or at least a fresh one -- here's what to do.
By the way, we have some tips on how to beef up your online passwords in our How to Make a Strong Password tutorial.
It's not all that hard to do, but all the same, we'll show you what the process looks like in action below.
Our How to Transfer Money to PayPal tutorial has full instructions on how to log into PayPal. See steps 1 and 2, specifically.
Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of your main PayPal screen to access your PayPal profile and settings.
Once you're on your PayPal settings page, click the Security tab, and then click Edit beside where it says "Password".
Click in the box that says "Current Password" and type in the password that you are currently using to protect your PayPal account. Then, click in the box labelled "New Password" and type in the password that you want to use to protect your PayPal account from now on. Then click in the box labelled "Confirm New Password" and type in a copy of the password that you just picked. Finish up by clicking Change Password.
That's how to give your PayPal account a new password if you're already able to log into your PayPal account. If you can't get into your account because you've forgotten your password, see our How to Reset Your PayPal Password tutorial.
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