At 10:19 AM -0500 2/3/1997, Dr. Manion wrote:
>Two possible ways to verify users is by their Credit Card Numbers and
>their Phone Numbers. People, may have several credit cards, but few
>will go out and change their phone number every two or three weeks,
>just to have access to AOL.
Not a bad idea. However, I do see some problems (not necessarily
1. You'd have to have a complete directory of all phone
numbers in the world (we are an International company, after all),
online and up-to-date.
2. When someone signs on, you'd have to cross-reference this
phone number with the name/address/whatever associated with the
credit card (as opposed to just handing that number to someone like
EquiFax, TRW, whomever and ask "Is this a valid number?" and get back
a yes/no answer).
3. You'd have to have some solution in place, immediately
on-hand for those people who legitimately have different information
-- either they've just moved and the online list of phone numbers you
have is not up to date, or their credit card information hasn't had
time to be updated, whatever.
That is, unless I misunderstood something about your proposal.
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