PayPal Joins Online Consumer Safety Initiative

Aug. 19, 2010

PayPal, the alternative payment method for online purchases, announced last week it is taking part in a national campaign to educate U.S. consumers on the importance of online safety in a blog post by Mike Vergara, the company’s director of consumer protections. Vergara said PayPal has joined the steering committee of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The NCSA, APWG and a group of private companies, nonprofits and government agencies have combined to educate people about the importance of online security, and how a single person’s actions can affect millions.  “The good news is that you don’t have to be a cyber-security expert to practice safe online shopping and browsing,” Vergara said. He listed several things anyone can do to make e-commerce safer including using a strong password, using an updated Internet browser, not clicking on links in emails (even if the email looks like it’s from your bank, the IRS, or popular sites like PayPal). Vergara concluded: “Keep on reporting suspicious emails to so we can continue to shut down fraudulent websites.”