MiniPay: Charging per click on the Web

Amir Herzberg, Hilik Yochai

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Many promising Web applications could benefit from a payment mechanism for small amounts (micro-payments). Payment by credit cards, which is the common method for on-line consumer purchasing, involve substantial per-transaction fee and delay, and are therefore inappropriate for micro-payments. We present MiniPay, a simple system for supporting micro-payments. MiniPay features low cost, negligible delay, natural user interface, scalable design, support for multiple currencies, and high security - including non-repudiation, overspending prevention, and protection against denial of service. MiniPay is currently being piloted with several potential providers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-951
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Networks
Issue number8-13
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital cash
  • Electronic-commerce
  • Micro-payments
  • Pay-per-click


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