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MFA on PayPal

shehackspurple profile image Tanya Janca Updated on ・1 min read

#MFAally is a hashtag for those trying to help others enable Multi-Factor Authentication on all of their important apps. To learn more about what MFA is and why it matters, read this.

I had to send someone money on PayPal this morning for a meetup and realized, to my HORROR, that MFA was not enabled. I fixed that error immediately.

You can enable it so easily! Log in, go the the "settings gear", click security, and then find "2-step verification".

You can enable 2-step authentication so easily!

Of course, I choose Microsoft Authenticator. I opened up Authenticator, selected "New account", chose "other type of account" and then took a photo of the QR code on the screen.

Then I entered my code from Authenticator into the PayPal website and I was all set!
Then I entered my code from Authenticator into the PayPal website and I was all set!

Look at me! With my fancy 2FA! You can too! #MFAally
Look at me! With my fancy 2FA! You can too! #MFAally


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Michael Dayah

PayPal has actually had 2FA via TOTP for several years. It's just before, you had to pretend to be activating a hardware key and reverse engineer the values given into a TOTP string. Glad to see it's easier now.