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Recently I used a form of virtual currency that I had never had experience with before. I used the online quasi-banking system of "PayPal". PayPal is extremely popular due to its connection with the online bidding platform "Ebay". PayPal is basically an online bank account in which you can send wire transfers to other parties for payment. The transaction is incredibly easy. Much easier than even using a credit card online. Incidentally I was actually forced to use PayPal. Previously I did not have a PayPal account, due to the always pervasive threat of cybercrime. It seems that every other week the news reports about a dangerous new virus that usurps the personal information of online banking consumers to perform the 21st century version of a bank heist. However I was paying the fee to take the GRE and there was a technical error within the processing system of the GRE's website and would not accept my card. I tried over a dozen times on different internet browsers to no avail. Finally I capitulated and used my dad's PayPal account. After realizing the absolute ease of this new methods of financial transaction I actually ended up creating my own account. This led me to think about the present state of currency and ask myself, is convenience trumping security?