PayPal Security Key Fob

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PayPal Key fob

I’m pretty security conscious when it comes to doing stuff on the web (though not as paranoid as some people I know who turn the lights off when they enter a password), I have various strength of passwords depending on the sensitivity of what they’re protecting with my PayPal one being on the “oh god what numbers, symbols and case was that password again”. So it was interesting to read that PayPal are currently trialling security key fobs.

Having worked in the software industry and getting hauled in to do a bit of support from time to time I’m used to working with key fobs and they are a lot easier (and debatable more secure) than passwords. With a security key fob it flashing up a password (usually numbers) that is only valid for 30 seconds (or so) so when you’re asked for a password, enter it from the key fob and hey presto you’re in.

Sorry if I was stating the obvious there (and if not I hope I explained it ok). I find it interesting that PayPal are taking this route and with all the phishing emails directed at PayPal users it may not be a bad idea to have very temporary passwords (then again phishing for a password and then using it doesn’t take very long either).

At the moment it’s being trialled in America, Germany and Australia. If you are one of the people involved in the trial please let us know how you’re getting on. Hat tip to stuff.

4 reviews or comments

GrimReeper Says: January 19, 2007 at 5:51 am

Damn I want to be in this trial. I’m a Aussie PayPal user = (

GrimReeper Says: January 19, 2007 at 5:55 am

I should have checked out PayPal b4 I posted my original comment. These things are $5US and I couldn’t order one through the site.

They are free for business account holders.

James McGrath Says: December 31, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I have one after someone in Germany tried to hijack my account then tried to buy high priced clothing from Italy.

Works great, highly recommended.

Laura Says: April 21, 2008 at 5:33 am

I wasn’t aware that it was a trial. I paid for the key fob and have had it almost a year now. Nothing was ever mentioned that this is a trial security system. I don’t think that is correct.

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