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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2339 - August 03, 2010 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 7

PayPal Discontinues Its Web Browser Plug-in

By Ina Steiner
August 03, 2010

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PayPal said it would discontinue its plug-in for web browsers as of September 22, 2010, after two years of supporting it. The company said it felt it "wasn't providing the best experience for those who used it."

PayPal receipts will no longer be available in the plug-in after September 22, 2010, and users with recurring billing linked to the PayPal plug-in will have to provide merchants with a different payment method to avoid a lapse in service.

In related news, PayPal is now offering its security key in a card format, though the fob version still works. The PayPal Security Key is optional and works by generating a unique six-digit security code every 30 seconds that users enter when they log in to their PayPal or eBay account for extra security.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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