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How to recognize a Web site that uses Secure Electronic Transaction

How do you recognize a Web site that uses Secure Electronic Transaction (SET)?

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Generally speaking, Web sites don't use SET. It was developed in the late 1990s, but never really got off the ground. Using SET requires the use of a browser that has built-in SET technology and a Web site that has SET support enabled. Unfortunately, neither of those really exist.

Currently, most Web sites depend on SSL to protect e-commerce transactions. If you want more protection, consider using one of the one-time use card number services offered by many credit card providers.


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  • This was first published in July 2006

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