Thu Aug 14 09:29:58 PDT 2003
> Instead of retaining the user's credit card, they assign a billing
> authorization code for that account and you retain that on file and
> present it for future billings. If your system is ever compromised
> and someone makes off with the authorization codes, you can simply
> tell the processor to blacklist all codes that have been assigned
> to you.
We use the TrustCommerce billing ID mechanism too; it's even better than
that, really. If somebody breaks our server and gets all the billing IDs,
the *only* thing they can do with those IDs is charge more money into *our*
account. Unless the cracker also figures out a way to get money out of our
bank account, the billing IDs are useless to them, even before they get
This whole mechanism helps me sleep better at night.
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