Choosing Your eBay Password and User ID

Compared to finding a prime parking space at the mall during the holidays, signing up at eBay is a breeze. About the toughest thing you have to do is type in your e-mail address correctly. When it comes to choosing your password and user ID, the process is so easy that you may be tempted to speed right through it without giving much thought to your choices. Slow down. Take a deep breath and think about these two identifiers before you click that final Complete Your Registration button.

Picking a good password is not as thought-free (but is twice as important) as it may seem. Whoever has your password can (in effect) “be you” at eBay — running auctions, bidding on auctions, and leaving dangerous feedback for others. Basically, such an impostor can ruin your eBay career — and possibly cause you serious financial grief.

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