Securing Your Account

In this last step of the “Getting Started” guide, we’re going to show you how to secure your account, so that nobody can access it.

Disclaimer: Do not do this after you log into your account for the first time, otherwise eBay and PayPal might think that you’re trying to hijack the account. Only do this if you’ve accessed the account for a while, like 3-4 days later. If you can, do this gradually – doing all steps at once may trigger suspicion on their end.

Step 1: Change the email on your eBay and PayPal account and remove the old one.
The most important piece of information tied to your eBay or PayPal is your email account. Create a new email account at www.hotmail.com or www.gmail.com so that the new account that you attach to your eBay/PayPal is fresh and not used with any previous accounts. Once you’ve done this, make sure to delete the old email address from your PayPal account.

Step 2: Change the password on PayPal and eBay
If you want to be extra secure, you can also change the password to the old email address that you’re not using anymore so that nobody can restore your password through it. I would suggest the same with the next step to.

Step 3: Change the Secret Question Answers to PayPal and eBay (as well as the SQA’s to the old email, just in case)
The page to change your answers for your secret questions should be in the settings menu – in PayPal, this would be located under the “Profiles” tab and in eBay it would be under the “User” tab.

All these steps shouldn’t take very long, and can save you from a lot of grief in the long run, so make sure to implement them! You don’t want someone going through your email, seeing your account information, and trying to hijack your account (we’ve seen it happen before).