PayPal Single-Use or Multiple-Use Secure Card

May 17, 2008 – 7:27 PM

For those of you that do not know, Paypal allows their registered users to generate temporary MasterCard credit card numbers on the fly to be used on websites that do not allow secure payment methods such as PayPal or Google Checkout.

When you log into your PayPal account, you should see a Tools box on the left and a link to the PayPal Plug-In.  Click this link.  (no actual “install” required)

This takes you to the Plug-In homepage.  You should see and click on the Secure Cards link on the left.

This takes you to your list of Secure Cards that are already generated, if any.

Click the Generate New Card button to start the process of generating a new single-use or multiple-use credit card.

That’s it!  Once generated, you can now use this new temporary MasterCard number on any website that you don’t trust with your real credit card information.

  1. 3 Responses to “PayPal Single-Use or Multiple-Use Secure Card”

  2. Paypal allows the vendor to charge your single use card four times. This can result in overcharges and overdrawn accounts. Paypal assumes no responsibility for losses or charges incurred.

    By Be Careful on Oct 27, 2009

  3. It is true Paypal allows single-use cards to be charged up to four times and the sigle-use can be active up to two months UNLESS you expire the card before that time. It maybe true Paypal assumes no responsibility for losses or charges incurred but if you lose funds due to fraudulent activity you’ll get your money back. Just read your card agreement:

    12. Unauthorized Transactions

    12.1 What does 100% protection for unauthorized transactions mean?

    PayPal will cover you for the full amount of every eligible unauthorized transaction.

    By Eric Willey on Nov 3, 2009

  4. PayPal discontinued this service in Sept. 2010 I think.

    By jinksto on Apr 18, 2011

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