Tens of millions of people uselike PayPal’s Venmo and Square’s Cash App to transfer money directly from their bank accounts to friends, family and merchants. While these platforms offer convenience, they also bring security risks, due in part to their combination of finance and social media. Users can also be targets for hackers looking to drain financial accounts.
But don’t worry — there are plenty of ways for you to secure your Venmo and Cash App accounts with a few simple settings changes and privacy best practices. Here’s what to do.
Protecting your privacy on Venmo and Cash App: Basic tips
Both payment apps use encryption and fraud detection technology to protect account information. But to better ensure your security, you should take a few extra steps.
Use a randomly generated password
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Beware common scams
Criminals target users of apps like Venmo and PayPal in all kinds of clever ways. There have been reports of hackers posing as Venmo and Cash App support staff, calling or…