IBM is to expand its Internet payment options, allowing consumers and merchants to communicate even when they support different protocols.
According to US reports, IBM will support a hybrid standard called Moset, which allows the two main technologies in this area, SSL and SET, to interoperate.
It lets consumers using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) security - deployed in most Web browsers - to pay for goods online with a credit card, even if the merchant and bank use SET (Secure Electronics Transactions) protocol.
By widening its support for electronic payment methods, IBM hopes to speed up the acceptance of ecommerce.
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