Recently I have been in the middle of fixing my account with PayPal and all connections to my PayPal account because the PayPal account was hacked. The culprit found access through Facebook. Once established this person proceeded to charge all my accounts with felonious fraudulent charges of 152.04EU. I just happened to be checking my emails when this all started and contacted PayPal immediately. As I explained to the customer service representative we watched as it unfolded. There were thousands of dollars being charged. My stomach sank. It is a horrible feeling to have someone invade your space even if it is in internet space. I have to applaud the CSR dept. at PayPal for they worked diligently and we stopped and then blocked access to my accounts. Credit cards passwords and security codes and features have all been reinforced and I am back running with as much safety as anyone can during these days of ever-changing rules and platforms.
I want to first say that if you are running an Etsy Shop you have a PayPal account or if you buy at etsy.com please know all your information is very secure. Etsy works with PayPal on a behind the scenes secure connection that is not easily if possible to breach. All your transactions from PayPal to Etsy and Etsy to PayPal are very secure. I have extensively asked both PayPal and Etsy this question both reaffirming there is no security issue.
The problem is we need social networks to help market our work. So which social media networks should you use? Look at which ones are working for you and pick the top five and stick with those. I suspect Facebook will not be in the top 5. It was not for me. Web site posts, Blogs,Twitter, Pinterest, LinkIn and SEM or SEO‘s have helped me be seen over all else. Through all this upheaval I did find Facebook is now an advertiser market place and is far from social. Facebook has not yet contacted me in the matter of being breached which allowed the window for someone to hack my PayPal account.
The solution is simple. If you are using PayPal go and log in to your account. Click the Profile button and on the left side you will see My Money. Click it and then click Approved Accounts. You will see all the different accounts linked to your account. Remove all that are not needed.
Now go to Facebook and if you have a cell mobile phone with text (SMS) messaging set it up to be notified if someone is trying to get access to your Facebook account from an unknown devise. You receive a text with a security code to input. Unless you don’t have a phone this is fabulous to catch hackers.
All very simple steps to do and even us very simple brained old timers can do.