[ic] Pay Pal

Peter peter at pajamian.dhs.org
Wed Aug 27 19:36:05 EDT 2003

Kevin Walsh wrote:
> Peter [peter at pajamian.dhs.org] wrote:
>>That could work to allow the user to enter thier 
>>paypal username and ID and then process the transaction in the 
>>background as you suggest would be ideal.
> There's no chance that I would give my PayPal email address and password
> to any website, other than PayPal's own.  The password is the only
> security offered by their system, so I would be foolish to give it to
> any third party.

That's a good point, and one I was thinking of, but failed to mention. 
One of the whole points of paypal is that you don't have to give out 
your CC number to untrusted websites.  Giving that same website your 
paypal username and password is even worse because that would allow 
anyone with that info to access more than just your CC number.

I would have to look into IPN to see how it works (and one of these days 
I will because we want to offer paypal as an option from our site), but 
I think there might be a way to make it as transparent as possible with 
the customer being sent to an intermediary page, "click here once the 
transaction is approved in paypal" type of page and then complete the 
purchase from there.

My two cents...


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