Mercantec, Inc., (), a leading provider of open retail electronic commerce solutions, today announced it has signed an agreement to incorporate Pretty Good Privacy, Inc.’s PGP encryption software with its Mercantec SoftCart virtual store application. The agreement will make PGP’s encryption an integral part of the SoftCart virtual store software package, as opposed to requiring on-line merchants to purchase additional security software and integrating it themselves.
By integrating PGP’s encryption, the strongest commercially available (no less than 128 bits), Mercantec SoftCart becomes the first virtual store software to incorporate PGP’s protection at the server level as a turnkey part of its offering. SoftCart has always supported SSL encryption to protect shoppers’ credit card information over the Web. In addition, Mercantec has encouraged merchants to use PGP encryption from the time the order is complete until a merchant retrieves the order on his own PC. Integrating PGP into SoftCart now makes the process of protecting customer orders from potential hackers at an ISP’s server or merchant’s own Web server simple and invisible to the merchant.
“Web merchants and consumers are concerned about stolen credit card numbers and orders on the Internet, so Mercantec wants to ensure we’re doing all we can to make it easy to protect SoftCart merchants and their on-line customers,” said Bill Tait, vice president, product management at Mercantec, Inc. “Mercantec is removing what might have been potential barriers to utilizing the strongest security possible for merchants. Now even if the server or the merchant’s PC is illegally accessed, merchants can rest assured that their transactions will still be secure.”
PGP technology protects the privacy and security of on-line e-mails and files with the strongest encryption commercially available, compared to messages encrypted with standard 40-bit technology. By integrating PGP with SoftCart, any information that SoftCart receives on a merchant’s on-line store, such as credit card numbers, customer orders or files, will automatically be encrypted by SoftCart and can only be decrypted at the merchant, or client, level. SoftCart including PGP will be released in first quarter 1998. Current SoftCart customers will receive the upgrade free, as part of their licensing agreement.
“We’re pleased that a leader in electronic commerce retail software chose to license PGP’s technology, which offers the strongest protection possible for merchants on the Internet today. The flexible architecture of both PGP and SoftCart allows merchants to easily and cost-effectively realize the benefits of secure e-commerce,” said Olivia Dillan, vice president, product development at PGP. “By integrating PGP with SoftCart, Mercantec has demonstrated that it truly cares about the security of its on-line merchants — and their customers.”
About Pretty Good Privacy, Inc.
Pretty Good Privacy, Inc. based in San Mateo, California, is the pioneer and leading provider of applied cryptographic solutions for securing corporate digital assets and protecting individual privacy. PGP is committed to providing the most advanced security products for the digital age, safeguarding the communication and storage of information. With over four million users in 50 countries, and translations into 25 languages, PGP is the worldwide de facto standard for Internet email and file encryption. For more information, visit our Web site at
About Mercantec, Inc.
Since its founding in 1995, Mercantec, Inc., has become the leading provider of open retail electronic commerce software. Mercantec SoftCart software enables merchants to expand their geographic reach by marketing and selling goods and services via the World Wide Web. Mercantec has partnered with a worldwide network of more than 60 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Web hosting service providers, including Hiway Technologies, MindSpring, and PSINet, to offer affordable hosting and electronic commerce solutions to merchants. Mercantec’s other distribution channels include American Express, Web consultants, software developers, integrators and OEMs, including Tandem Computers. SoftCart utilizes StateTrack technology to provide 100 percent shopper privacy.
Mercantec SoftCart supports all known Web servers including Microsoft, Netscape, Spyglass, and APACHE. Mercantec SoftCart runs on Windows NT, Windows 95 and the most popular UNIX platforms including Sun Solaris, SGI IRIX, Linux, SCO UNIX, HP/UX, Free BSD and BSDI.
Mercantec is headquartered in Lisle, Ill. To learn more about Mercantec, visit the company Web site atDetails