Why PayPal is safe for buyers

Fighting fraud: it's what we do best


PayPal delivers one of the most secure payment platforms in the world. After more than a decade as a leader in online payments, we've learned a thing or two about keeping your information safer.

We can spot problems before they happen

  • We use fraud prevention technology that monitors transactions for suspicious activity
  • We have a team of over 2,000 specialists, working to protect you from fraud and identity theft
  • To help identify fraudulent activity, every transaction is reviewed by state of the art security models
  • We ensure users who send or receive large amounts of money have successfully completed our verification system and identity check

PayPal uses state of the art encryption

Working to safeguard your financial and personal information is one of our most important priorities. That's why we automatically encrypt all sensitive information sent between your computer and our systems, ensuring your information is kept private.

The geeky details

When registering or logging in to our site, we verify that your Internet browser is running Secure Sockets Layer 3.0 (SSL) or higher. Information is protected by SSL with an encryption key length of 168 bits (the highest level commercially available). We store your personal information and ensure it's heavily guarded, both physically and electronically. To further safeguard your debit and credit card numbers and your bank account details, we do not directly connect our firewall-protected servers to the internet.