Anyone that has been on the Internet for a while loves Paypal. Their payment system really makes online purchases fast and easy. They make your online purchases happen with just a login and password, and they even have ATM cards to withdraw cash. But Paypal is used by over 100 million users world wide, and managing that many users for Fraud control creates a bit of a load on them.
Like many Banks worldwide, they will use automation to cut down on their workload. Unfortunately their automation can create some problems for you when you are traveling abroad. When you travel overseas and connect to your Paypal site from a different IP, Paypal may block your account until they verify you are indeed the owner.
Unlike your bank, there is no easy way to call Paypal and have them unblock your account. You will need to provide them with whatever information they ask for. This may include scans of your personal information, questions to be answered, etc.
There is a simple solution to prevent these blocks and limits on your Paypal account. Since most of their Fraud Detection comes from identifying your IP Geolocation (what country and city), use a VPN account to access your account. Usually if you have the same country IP as where you created your Paypal account, there should be no problems if you connect with your VPN before you travel, and while you are abroad.
We have heard complaints from people who have traveled, but not already set up a VPN that Paypal has locked or limited their account, even reversed the payment automatically. It can really be an inconvenience to reinstate your Paypal account.
Our suggestion is to purchase your VPN account before you travel. Use the home country VPN server of where you opened the VPN account from. For example, if you are an American and have a Paypal account, use a USA VPN to login to your Paypal account a few times before you travel without purchasing anything. This will show the Paypal fraud automation scripts that this IP address is a friendly IP. The more times you use the VPN IP, the more they will associate it as a Safe IP. Even VPN accounts that change the IP every so often will have this effect.
If you plan to travel and need to access your bank account or even plan to play games while you travel we can't help but stress you need a VPN before you go. Even if you purchase one while abroad, the act or purchasing it, can open you to account theft, reaping of your credit card info, or even identity theft.
Unfortunately there are some VPN accounts that are not perceived as safe. These are VPN companies that offer Free Trials, as they are usually abused by hackers and their IP pool has become associated with Abuse. So do try to find a provider which doesn't offer a free trial such as Hide My Ass! Pro VPN or Strong VPN.