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Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: San Jose, CA
Insane since: Nov 2000

posted posted 05-08-2003 11:41

Hi Gurus,

my project sounds pretty simple:

1. a registered user enters some sensitive data
2. a script generates a individual PDF
3. user is asked to pay online via CC
4. the PDF if emailed or displayed

(i don't know if 2. and 3. may be swapped, but anyhow)

i'd like to do this in PHP on an SSL server, but i was told that this might not be safe enough.

the biggest problerm i see is the online payment stuff.
it should be for a german account, accept different CCs and should be
flexible (languages, currencies and methods)

what would you guys recommend for payment provider


Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 05-08-2003 12:27

Bueromuenchen: On the online payment see:

:FAQ: What do I need to know about accepting online payment?

and in case you need it creating PDFs:

:FAQ: How do I dynamically create PDF files with PHP?


FAQs: Emperor

Tyberius Prime
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted posted 05-08-2003 17:39

as long as you don't actually store the credit card information for longer than you need to process it, and store it encrypted, a php/ssl combo is actually safer than handing your credit card to a waiter. (since the waiter can easily duplicate the card/write down the infos and the receipts usually end up in the trash, possibly shredder, but you could only write down the infos, and no one could use the infos after you deleted them.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Lebanon
Insane since: May 2001

posted posted 05-09-2003 16:31

A friend of mine recommends using


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