If we have an advance technology today, hackers are in line with it too. They are using high tech systems to hack our PayPal account. They have what they called key loggers, a system they use to log our passwords and details. There is nothing much to worry if your PayPal account has small balance which you can afford to lose and you don't associate your bank accounts and credit card with it. But if your PayPal is your lifeblood in doing business online, you have great problems if you don't know how to take care of your PayPal account. Follow these preventive ways to secure your PayPal.
Make sure your received email was from the official PayPal’s email. Check the email address not just once but for many times if you are so suspicious. It is best to take extra care than to suffer the loss of your account. There should be no misspelling in the email address; it should be from paypal.com and not anything else. But sometimes, hackers are wise enough to spoof this too. If that is the case you should copy the sender's emails add and report it to SpamCop.net. They will be the one to unmask the IP address of the one spamming your email. It's a free service; you just have to register with your email address.
Do not click any link or open any attachment from the emails you received from PayPal. PayPal does not send any link and attachments to verify your account aside from the verification they sent to you the first time you registered with it. Often the link from a spam email will direct you to a website where you will be asked to update your account including your personal details such as credit card number, bank account, and password. PayPal never do this thing and you should never give your personal information to any site.
Watch out for the greetings they used. PayPal will always address you with your real name and not just “Dear valued member" or "Dear PayPal member". If you see those greetings other than your specific name, it's obviously a phishing email.
Keep your anti-virus up to date. This is a must if you don't want to suffer financial loss and lose your PayPal account too. You can get free anti-virus software online which you can install in your computer. Great anti-virus can normally detect any malicious software. If you already have anti-virus software, make sure it is updated.