PayPal Security Key FAQ



Why should I use the PayPal Security Key?

Because it gives your account an extra layer of security. Most websites keep your online account safe by only asking for your user name and password to verify your identity. The PayPal Security Key gives you an additional security code that only you know about. That makes your account more resistant to intrusion. Plus, the Security Key’s easy to use.

Back to top

What exactly is the Security Key?

It’s a small electronic device that generates a unique security code for your account every 30 seconds. You use that code to access your account – and to help prevent people you don’t know from doing the same. It’s like a combination lock for your account, except that the combination always changes.

Back to top

How do I use the Security Key?

  1. On the PayPal home page, enter your email address and password.
  2. Check the Security Key for your current six-digit security code.
  3. Enter the code next to your password, then click the Login button.

Back to top

Will it work with my computer?

The Security Key works with any computer operating system and web browser that can access the PayPal website.

Back to top

How does the Security Key work?

The Security Key creates the account access code by using a complex algorithm that’s unique to your device. When you enter that code after you log in with your user ID and password, our secure servers can verify your identity. This helps prevent unauthorized users from logging in to your PayPal account.

Back to top

What if I lose or break my Security Key?

You can still log in to your PayPal account if you lose or break your Security Key, or if you don’t have it in your possession. Before you can log in, we’ll ask you several security questions. After you answer these questions correctly, we’ll call one of the phone numbers you’ve registered to your PayPal account to verify your identity. Then you will be able to log in.

Back to top

Where should I keep my Security Key?

You should keep it with you so that you can access your account information no matter where you are. It’s compact, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go. We recommend that you don’t store the Security Key with your computer.

Back to top

How do I deactivate my Security Key?

Use the Security Key when you log in to your PayPal account. Click the Profile tab on your account page, then click Security Key for instructions on how to deactivate your Key. Your PayPal account remains secure even if you decide to deactivate it.

Back to top

How much does it cost?

The Security Key costs only $5,00 USD, which covers shipping and handling charges. There are no additional charges.

Back to top