GTE Corp.'s Cybertrust group said it has begun on-line testing of "digital certificates" that comply with the credit card associations' Secure Electronic Transactions (SET) protocol.

The tests are being conducted through Cybertrust Partner Forum, a GTE site on the World Wide Web. GTE participated with MasterCard, Visa, and other technology companies in the development of SET, and it is one of several companies eager to begin moving secure card payments over the Internet.

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