Edit: This article is now defunct as PayPal has finally added proper 2FA. This article will remain online as a source for researchers.
Two factor authentication is exceptionally effective at keeping your accounts, and your money, safe from cyber attacks. Symantec offers one solution for generating two-factor security – it is called the Symantec VIP Access Key. The purpose of this article is to provide ease of access for securing your PayPal account with such a key.
At the time of this writing PayPal has undergone a website redesign that has obscured access to certain features – one such feature is the ability to register a new two-factor authentication token. The obvious page, and the linked to page on Symantec’s where to page, pointed to paypal.com/securitykey. Unfortunately this page offers absolutely no way to actually add a security key and, instead, is a page for registering a telephone.
So how do you actually add a Symantec VIP Access key to your PayPal account? Follow along…
- Log in to PayPal
- Click the settings gear in the top right.
- Select Security tab
- Click on Security Key (edit)
- On the bottom select Get special offers now
- Select Get one today
- Select Activate on the right.
Alternately just click the link in Step 7 after completing and skip steps 2-6.