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How to recognize a Web site that uses Secure Electronic Transaction

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