What Is PayPal.com?

PayPal (PayPal.com) 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. According to SimilarWeb, the website PayPal.com gets an estimated 539.5 million monthly views. The Wayback Machine estimates PayPal.com was founded on October 13, 1999.

Is PayPal.com Safe?

I conducted a series of malware tests to find out if PayPal is safe and legitimate. Here are the results:


I installed the Malwarebytes Browser Guard on my Chrome browser and was able to browse the site PayPal.com without any issues which tells me that the browser guard didn’t think the site was compromised or malicious.

To check this further I ran malware scans with Malwarebytes and Spybot – Search & Destroy and no malware was found during either scan. I also ran a system-wide scan with Microsoft Defender and it returned no malware detection.

To confirm that the site is clean, I also checked the site PayPal.com on an online malware scanner and it returned with no issues. You can find the same here: https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/paypal.com

PayPal Sucuri results

Lastly, I ran a malware scan with VirusTotal for the domain PayPal.com and the scan detected at least two files communicating with the domain no security vendor flagged the domain as malicious. You can see the same here: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/domain/paypal.com

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.