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Big Announcement at eBay Live

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I know you're wondering why I would be writing to you, a $7 Secrets scripts user, about eBay Live. Well, PayPal, which is owned by eBay, made an announcement at the conference which has not gotten a lot of press. Since we 7DSS users are heavily dependent on PayPal, I thought this was important enough to interrupt your day.

I myself have never had a problem with my PayPal account being hacked (knock on wood), but I *am* plagued by "phishing" e-mails attempting to persuade me to give up my username and password. So, between hackers, phishers, and the potential for spyware on my machine watching my keystrokes, there's a real risk that my PayPal account could be compromised.

Yours, too.

PayPal takes your account security very seriously and their announcement of the PayPal Security Key underscores their commitment. Basically, this device—which fits on your keychain—"generates a unique six-digit security code about every 30 seconds. You enter that code when you log in to your PayPal or eBay account with your regular user name and password. Then the code expires—no one else can use it."

I found it particularly interesting that—in addition to using it on PayPal and eBay—you will be able to use it on VeriSign ID Protection partner sites in the future.

Here's how to get your PayPal Security Key now for the low, introductory price of $5:

Go to PayPal's home page and click the Security Center link at the top of the page. From there, scroll down and click the Security Tools link under Online Safety Essentials. Finally, click the PayPal Security Key Overview link. Here's the direct link:

although you'd probably be rightly cautious about clicking it.

If you like what you see, click the Order your Security Key link.

BTW, the View Demo link toward the bottom of the page is broken; you can use the View Demo link in the image at the top of the page, but their Flash detection script wouldn't let the video run on Firefox or Safari on my machines. Here's the link to the demo that will work:

Now, back to your regularly scheduled life.

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