RSA Data Security Inc. is using its World Wide Web site to spread the word about the Secure Electronic Transactions protocol for credit card payments.

Citing its educational mission, the company has posted a comprehensive SET reference at www.rsa.com, including a discussion of data encryption algorithms and answers to frequently asked questions. RSA is also providing information and commentary on elliptic curve cryptosystem, an alternative encryption method that has shown indications of greater efficiency.

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