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Since 3 January, I have been unable to connect with paypal.com through my home Comcast supplied router/modem. The problem manifest as a https security issue, using IE, Chrome and Firefox browsers, on both WiFi and Ethernet connections through my home router, and on three different devices...desktop PC running Windows7, Laptop running Windows 10 and a iPad with IOS. I am able to access all other https websites without issue. PayPal says they are aware of the problem, and claim it is an issue with one or more of Comcast's servers. PayPal also claims that they have been pressing Comcast to resolve the issue since at least last Saturday (6 January), but that Comcast is not cooperating. The only solution that PayPal has offered in the meantime is to access PayPal online via an unsecured network. I can confirm that PayPal is accessible through my router's public (unsecure) WiFi hotspot. However, as we're talking about financial transactions, that doesn't seem like a very workable solution.
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Ok troops, solution found, as well as the source of the problem...Comcast employs a vendor to create and maintain a "black list" of nasty websites. Last week (probably Wednesday 3 January), they incorporated an update to this blacklist onto their security protocals. Paypal.com was added to this latest blacklist update. As a result, any Comcast customer who wants to dial into paypal.com and has "Protected Browsing" turned on, will encounter the no-access problem. The simple fix would be for Comcast to fix their blacklist. Short of that, you can fix it by disabling the Protected Browsing "feature". After logging in to Comcast, go to https://internet.xfinity.com/more