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Chapter 33. Securing Internet Shopping: ... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

To use the stand-alone reader or the reader keyboard, you need a PC running Windows 95, 98, or NT. You also need 5MB of disk space and 8MB of memory available on your machine. To use the stand-alone USB reader, you need a PC that was built after 1997 running Windows 98 with a USB port. You also need the same amount of disk space and memory as required by the other readers. You can check whether you have the capability for USB by running the USB evaluation utility program listed later in the contact information section.

A nontechnical consideration when using Smart Chip Private Payments system is to ensure that you use them only for one-time purchases and purchases that do not require reservations long in advance. Because the temporary card number you are issued lasts for only 30 to 67 days (based upon when in the month the number is issued to you), it will expire and become unusable after its expiration date. To avoid problems, it’s therefore wise to just use the system for one-time, immediate purchases such as Internet shopping.


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