Visa International has unveiled a new Internet offering: a Visa/Plus ATM Locator Guide.

MasterCard International made a similar announcement at its global annual meeting in Sydney, Australia, offering Internet users a home page on the World Wide Web, called MasterCard Pointers.

The Visa/Plus ATM Locator is accessed through Visa's World Wide Web home page. The guide contains 59 pages of automated teller machine site information. It will be updated monthly.

Internet users can access information about Visa/Plus ATM sites by selecting from a menu of geographical regions around the world. The user then chooses from a list of countries within that region. In subsequent updates, the guide will be expanded to include information by major cities.

MasterCard's Pointers, accessible through a Web browser, is a fully interactive home page, which offers consumers information on what to do about lost or stolen cards and where to find ATMs around the world, as well as how to use the Internet.

MasterCard said that by midyear, electronic purchase transactions will be secured through systems developed with Netscape Communications Corp.

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