Gadget of the Day – Paypal Security Token

In the world of phishing, PayPal account details are as good as free currency. One slip on a mock-up login page and you might as well have written a b

In the world of phishing, PayPal account details are as good as free currency. One slip on a mock-up login page and you might as well have written a blank cheque.Aware of this vulnerability to unscrupulous lowlifes, Paypal has been upping the armoury of our American, German and Australian friends with a $5 digital key fob. Rather miffed that it chose to bless our main foes in three major sports (golf, football and cricket) and not us, we've been patiently drumming our fingers for the arrival of the same protection here. And lo, here it is.Now available on the Paypal UK website – just select the option in your personal profile – the key fob produces an ever-changing six digit number that has to be entered along with your usual login details. The idea is that should a sneaky phisher get hold of the passwords, they'll be useless to them without the magic fob. Flawless.So what price for such scallywag-proof security? Um, about £5 it seems, because Paypal has done the old dollars to pounds trick and turned a $5 US key fob into a £5 UK one. Amazing how often that happens.

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