MasterCard and Visa still have some distance to travel before fully delivering on the agreement they proclaimed Thursday on a standard for electronic payment security.

The announcement of their accord brought a sigh of relief from the high- tech companies developing secure methods for transferring funds over the Internet and other open computer networks. Many such efforts had been on hold, awaiting a technical baseline analogous to the bank card associations' point of sale standards.

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