PayPal ( is a financial services company that lets you connect your bank account to it and then pay online without sharing financial details. You can send money to other people or pay merchants without needing to do anything but log in to your PayPal account. For it to work, you first need to sign up for PayPal and connect your bank account to its website. PayPal is the most common method for shopping online thanks to its ability for shoppers to checkout and pay for goods without having to share credit card details. As a freelance writer, I have been paid for my work via PayPal for many years (since 2011). And I always checkout with PayPal when I am shopping online every time I see the option. I may not buy something unless PayPal is available as a payment method on a site.


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As of December 2023, has 476.5 million monthly views (539.5 million Dec 2022), according to Similar Web. The Wayback Machine estimates that was founded on October 13, 1999. The Internet Archive has saved 248,323 times between October 13, 1999 and January 24, 2024.

Is Safe?

I analyzed for malware and malicious content to check if it was legit or a scam. Here are the results:

I checked on Sucuri, and it returned with no issues. Results: Sucuri scan for the site

PayPal Sucuri results

I then ran a parasite scan with Unmask Parasites on, and it is clean. Results: Unmask Parasites scan for the site

Unmask Parasites cites 1 suspicious inline script found:

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I also checked on VirusTotal, and it is clean. Results: VirusTotal scan for the site

PayPal VirusTotal results

As a Service:

PayPal is a service I have been using as a writer online since 2010 and I trust it immensely and above all other financial services. They have good customer support who are also available via text anytime you have an issue. You can chat via text immediately whenever you want to live chat. You can also call them if you prefer handling issues on the phone.

I am heavily invested in working online as a writer. I have written as a freelance writer for various publications; I know many freelancers who work online; and I have employed people myself in the past. All financial transactions between myself and all the people I know were done using PayPal.

That said, we invite anyone who uses PayPal to leave comments with their experience because reviews are also helpful when assessing the trustworthiness of a site and its services. OVERALL GRADE: Safe.

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(Last Updated: 2/19/2024)

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